Rod Marinelli may indeed wind up coming to the Bears in some capacity, one that would likely include him being in charge of the defensive line.
But contrary to a published report, no contract offer has been made to the deposed Detroit Lions coach by the Bears. Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation strongly denied any such offer has been made to Marinelli, who was at Halas Hall to meet with coach Lovie Smith last Friday. Marinelli interviewed for a job as the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator on Monday.
No other teams are known to be in pursuit of Marinelli but that doesn't mean there is not more interest out there for him. His name has surfaced as a possibility for the defensive coordinator job in Green Bay where the Packers recently cleaned house. Linebackers coach Winston Moss remains and is a candidate and ex-San Francisco coach Mike Nolan could be in the mix there as well.
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo gushed when discussing the possibility of Marinelli joining Smith's staff when he spoke last week and it's no secret the two are close friends. There are more ties possible. After Lloyd Lee was fired Tuesday, the linebackers position became available and ex-Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry has a background coaching linebackers. He is not only Marinelli's son-in-law, he has a very close relationship with Bears tight ends coach Rob Boras. They worked together at UNLV under John Robinson and their families remain close.
Also, strength and conditioning assistant Ryan George was let go by the Bears Tuesday along with Lee.