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Rod Marinelli likely headed to Cowboys as defensive line coach
Rod Marinelli presided over the No. 1 defense, according to Troy Aikman’s Efficiency Rating.
So the now former Bears defensive coordinator is drawing plenty of interest. But he’ll likely make a decision quickly, and he’s expected to land in Dallas as the team’s defensive line coach, a source said.
Why the demotion?
Marinelli doesn’t care about titles. Instead, his focus is more on friendship and being around those he cares about and those who care about him. That’s why, despite his affinity for Bears players, he simply couldn’t remain with a club that fired one of his dearest friends, Lovie Smith, who gave him a job after the debacle in Detroit as the Lions head coach.
Marinelli started with the Bears as a defensive line and assistant head coach, then he worked his way up to defensive coordinator.
Now, he’s likely headed to Dallas, where Monte Kiffin — who he worked with in Tampa — recently accepted a job as the defensive coordinator. The two are close, and Marinelli will have plenty of input, even though he won’t have the title.