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Jaguars coaching search: Rod Marinelli in consideration for defensive staff, per report

Marinelli spent the previous three years as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.


Shortly after new Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley told Mark Long of the Associated Press that Todd Wash and Bob Babich are "in strong consideration" for the defensive coordinator position, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports threw a name into the mix, although perhaps not for defensive coordinator, saying that former Lions head coach Rod Marinelli is being considered for the Jaguars staff.

Marinelli, 63, was previously considered to be the odds-on favorite to become the new defensive line coach under Monte Kiffin with the Dallas Cowboys, but that is longer the case according to La Canfora. While it wasn't reported what position Marinelli was in consideration for, it would seem the most likely case is that it would be the defensive line coach.

After a long collegiate coaching career, Marinelli entered the NFL ranks in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He served as the team's defensive line coach for five seasons before he was named head coach of the Lions. In three seasons with the team, Marinelli's Lions posted a 10-38 record before he was fired.

He rebounded as the defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears and was promoted to defensive coordinator after one season. New Bears head coach, Marc Trestman, announced on Thursday that Marinelli would no longer be the team's defensive coordinator. They finished the season with the No. 3 ranked defense in points allowed and No. 5 ranked defense in yards allowed.