The Bears ended their coaching searches with a series of hires.
Rod Marinelli has been promoted to defensive coordinator/assistant head coach. Eric Washington will be defensive line coach, Shane Day as quarterbacks coach, Andrew Hayes-Stoker as offensive quality control and Mikal Smith as defensive quality control.
Washington had been the team's assistant defensive line coach last season while Marinelli served as assistant head coach/defensive line.
"Rod is among the best defensive coaches in the NFL and will be an excellent defensive coordinator for us," head coach Lovie Smith said in a statement released by the team. "We considered outside possibilities, but I didn't feel our defense would benefit the same way it will with Rod in the coordinator role. From the first day I became head coach of the Chicago Bears I envisioned Rod as our defensive coordinator. I considered him for the role last year, but wanted him to have the opportunity to work exclusively with our defensive line and become acclimated to our team. He will remain in our defensive line room, but will add the responsibility of the defensive calls on game day.
"As I mentioned at the end of the season, I think we have an excellent defensive staff. Our position coaches bring a valuable expertise to their respective areas and our defense evolves every year based on the input they bring to our planning meetings. We are excited to get to work and we expect to play the type of disruptive defense we have been known for."