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Marc Trestman may retain Rod Marinelli
New Bears coach Marc Trestman, who turned 57 Tuesday, will now work to put together his coaching staff.
Looks like several might not have to relocate.
Given his offensive background, Trestman may entrust Marinelli to run the defense, which ranked in the top five in numerous categories, most notably takeaways and total yards allowed. Other key defensive assistants may also be asked to fulfill their contract.
The question now is, does Marinelli want to stay? He was loyal to former Bears coach Lovie Smith, and a source said Marinelli may not want to remain with the team.
On the offensive side, indications are quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates may have a chance to remain. Quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall are big backers of him, and Bates’ background is rooted in a West Coast offense, which Trestman utilizes. In Denver, Cutler earned a trip to the Pro Bowl playing in a West Coast offense.
What’s murkier, however, is the future of Mike Tice, the offensive line coach who was promoted to offensive coordinator last offseason. The Bears offense ranked just 28th last season under Tice, and he doesn’t run a West Coast scheme.