The Rod Marinelli NFL Tour continues.
The ex-Detroit Lions coach is meeting with the Houston Texans today, per the Houston Chronicle.
The Texans are the second team Marinelli has met with since coming to Halas Hall last Friday and talking with Lovie Smith about joining the Bears' staff. He was in Seattle on Monday and is a candidate to become the defensive coordinator there.
Houston has an opening for a defensive coordinator as well as a line coach, the position he would be expected to fill for the Bears. The Texans fired defensive coordinator Richard Smith, line coach Jethro Franklin and secondary coach Jon Hoke after an 8-8 finish.
Lovie Smith needs to fill three positions on his coaching staff as line coach Brick Haley, linebackers coach Lloyd Lee and secondary coach Steve Wilks have all been sent packing. Marinelli could come in a package deal with son-in-law Joe Barry and fill two spots. Barry followed the path of Lovie Smith as a linebackers coach in Tampa Bay.
It's unknown at this point what kind of timetable Marinelli has to make a decision. Right now, it looks like he could have his choice of being a coordinator in Seattle where he knows two men in the front office--Tim Ruskell and Ruston Webster--well, being a coordinator in Houston, or coming to work with someone agent Frank Bauer called his "best friend" in Lovie Smith. There's the possibility of bringing Barry to the Bears, too, and Barry has a very close relationship with tight ends coach Rob Boras.
Stay tuned to see if there is another stop on the tour or if Marinelli will make a decision soon.