Marinelli Will Not Be In the Unemployment Line. Neither Will Barry.


Rod Marinelli joined the Chicago Bears as a defensive line coach Saturday, returning to his roots after becoming the NFL’s first head coach to post an 0-16 season.

Marinelli went 10-38 in three years as the Detroit Lions’ head coach and was fired after failing to win a game this season. But before that, he was Tampa Bay’s defensive line coach for a decade. The Buccaneers’ line racked up 328.5 sacks under Marinelli, the most in the league during that span.

Marinelli also will serve as the Bears’ assistant head coach. He held that title his last four seasons in Tampa.

Marinelli’s hiring in Chicago didn’t come as a surprise. He and Bears coach Lovie Smith are friends who worked together with the Bucs. Chicago tried to hire Marinelli as defensive coordinator in 2004, but Tampa Bay blocked the move. Bears general manager Jerry Angelo had said he’d like to hire Marinelli after the coach was fired in Detroit.


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Former Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry, Marinelli’s son-in-law, agreed to become the Seahawks’ linebackers coach, a team source said Saturday. Barry struggled through last season with Detroit and was fired at the end of it.

Barry’s hire was part of an extensive shakeup of Seattle’s coaching staff. The Seahawks also hired former Jets defensive line coach Dan Quinn as their assistant head coach and defensive line coach. Quinn was one of the more sought-after assistant coaches on the market and drew interest from multiple teams.


What I really want to know is… WHAT THE HELL IS SEATTLE THINKING? 

He was the worst Defensive Co-ordinator in the history of the game!

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