Bears Hire Rod Marinelli; Now What?

Keith Grieve@@87sportsfansContributor IJanuary 11, 2009

The Chicago Bears have hired Rod Marinelli to coach their atrocious and overpaid defensive line and serve as assistant head coach.

How does that work?

Help me out with this one: if Defensive Coordinator Bob Babich makes a questionable playcall, and we all know he will, does the Defensive Line Coach get to put a foot in his backside?

It sounds a lot like chaos, or as they call it around Halas Hall: "par for the course".

Is there any way to give Marinelli play calling duties? I know he coached an 0-16 team, but how much of that was really his fault? It was like building a skyscraper out of Lego's.

Babich has taken a world class defense and run it into the ground. Even with the questionable personnel moves by General Manager Jerry Angelo, Babich has proven himself inept at coordinating an NFL defense.

Maybe Marinelli can talk some sense into Head Coach Lovie Smith and make some adjustments to the vastly overrated defense some have called the "Cover-Who?".

Marinelli should make improvements in the Bears line play: it can't get much worse. If there isn't significant jumps in output next year, he should just retire and play Parcheesi somewhere.

When I heard the news of Marinelli's hiring, I had a vision in my head of what training camp might look like. It was something like this: a summer afternoon and the players are dressed in pads (not hitting, of course. The pads are just for show) and Marinelli is there busting his tail to show Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye what a consistent pass rush looks like.

Tommie Harris is there wondering what everyone's problem is and Anthony Adams has this "I told you so" look on his face.

Next thing you know, a whistle blows and Babich barks out some ludicrous instruction. At this point Marinelli wrinkles his face, walks over and punches him square in the mouth.

I was snapped back to reality by the honking of horns, but it seemed real for that quick instance.

Could it be real? Please?

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