Agent Doesn’t Think Marinelli Will Join The Bears

Frank Bauer, who represents Rod Marinelli, doesn’t expect the former Detroit Lions coach to jump to the Bears despite visiting with Lovie Smith at Halas Hall on Friday the Chicago Tribune is reporting. “No. 1, Lovie and Rod are best friends,” Bauer said of Marinelli’s visit. “They have the same philosophies. They are like brothers. But Rod is going to take his time with this and look at different situations. That’s why I don’t think anything will happen [Friday].” Marinelli was fired as coach of the Lions after his team finished the season 0-16. Marinelli and Smith worked on the same staff with the Buccaneers. Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, who also worked with the Bucs at the time, said he would love to add Marinelli to the staff. Bauer said Marinelli wants to continue as a head coach but understands the circumstances. “I think anybody would love to be a head coach, but he would become an assistant and then come back through,” Bauer said. Marinelli’s specialty is the defensive line, and the Bears could be in the market for a new coach. Defensive line coach Brick Haley’s name has surfaced as a candidate to take the same position at LSU, according to sources close to the Tigers program.