Ex-Lions Coach Rod Marinelli Gets Job With Bears

Former Lions coach Rod Marinelli will join the Chicago Bears as their assistant head coach and defensive line coach, an NFL official said today. Marinelli was fired after leading the Lions to the NFL’s first 0-16 season. But he and Bears coach Lovie Smith are close friends. They broke into the NFL together with Tampa Bay in 1996, even sharing a room at the Holiday Inn Express at the start. Marinelli was the Buccaneers’ defensive line coach. Smith was their linebackers coach.