Perhaps the Bears will know early next week whether or not Lovie Smith will rejoin forces with longtime friend Rod Marinelli.
Marinelli met with the Houston Texans on Thursday and according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, that was about Marinelli becoming the defensive line coach on Gary Kubiak's staff. The Texans have three openings on the defensive side of the ball, including the coordinator position following the removal of Richard Smith, but Marinelli is reportedly not in the running for that gig.
It was the third stop for the ex-Detroit Lions coach on a tour that started at Halas Hall on Jan. 2. Marinelli interviewed in Seattle for the defensive coordinator position there, and from the sounds of things, Marinelli could pick his place of employment soon.
"We'll wait a few days and see how things work out,'' Marinelli told McClain.
Obviously, there are more teams out there reshuffling defensive staffs, New Orleans and Green Bay to name two. Unless Marinelli has more trips in the works, the teams involved will probably want an answer from him before the Senior Bowl, which kicks off a week from Monday. That's a crazy few days of coaches looking for work, an informal coaching convention, if you will.