Rod Marinelli leaving the Bears

Rod Marinelli (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY)

Even though the front office want him to stay in Chicago, it appears Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is looking for a fresh start elsewhere.

The Chicago Bears would like to retain defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli but it appears he's looking for a fresh start elsewhere. According to numerous reports, Marinelli will not be staying with the Bears under new head coach Marc Trestman.

Marinelli was hired in 2009 by Lovie Smith. The two worked together for five years as members of Tampa Bay's defensive coaching staff from 1996-2000. Both men learned the Cover 2 system under then-Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

It is believed that Marinelli would like to join Kiffin, who was recently named defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bears led the league in turnovers during Marinelli's four-year tenure in Chicago and finished 5th overall this past season.

It also appears unlikely that linebackers coach Bob Babich is going to stay with the club. Babich has been a member of the defensive coaching staff since 2004. He served as defensive coordinator from 2007-2009.


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