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Bears hired recently retired S Chris Harris as a defensive quality control coach.
Harris announced his retirement just two days ago. A playmaker who intercepted 16 passes and forced 13 fumbles in 101 career games, Harris will impart his turnover-creating wisdom on Chicago's DBs. Mon, Jan 28, 2013 02:57:00 PM

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Ex-Bears head coach Lovie Smith plans to sit out the 2013 season and return as a head coach in 2014.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported the same thing earlier this month, but head-coaching jobs were still open at the time, so it wasn't set in stone. Smith apparently has no interest in the defensive-coordinator vacancies in Philadelphia or New Orleans, even though they wouldn't seem to have interest in him either. Smith will be 56 years old once the 2014 season rolls around.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 12:51:00 PM

Bears hired Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator.

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday evening that the Bears would interview Raheem Morris for the position on Saturday, but that meeting apparently won't happen. Tucker will have a big role with the Bears, as defensive boss under offensive-minded head coach Marc Trestman. He'll also oversee the strength of the Bears' roster. Tucker runs a 4-3, Cover-2 style defense, easing the transition from Lovie Smith. Tucker spent the past four years running the Jaguars defense but wasn't expected to return following the hiring of Gus Bradley.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 06:13:00 PM

League sources tell the Chicago Tribune that the Bears are "very interested" in Mel Tucker for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

Tucker, who has coordinated Jacksonville's defense for the past four seasons, runs a Cover 2-style scheme and would allow Chicago to make a smooth transition away from the Lovie Smith era. Tucker is not expected back with the Jaguars following the hire of defensive-minded coach Gus Bradley.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 03:31:00 PM

Before hiring Marc Trestman, the Bears reportedly interviewed Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg for their head-coaching vacancy.

He was the mystery 14th candidate in Chicago. Per the Baltimore Sun, there was "no in-depth interview" and Rosburg "never went far down the road" with the Bears. Although the Ravens' kick coverage left a lot to be desired against Trindon Holliday last week, their special teams unit was one of the best in the NFL this season. An 11-year NFL veteran, Rosburg has been with the Ravens since 2008 after 20 seasons at Notre Dame.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 06:31:00 PM

Sources tell WSCR that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will not return to the Bears next season.

Although he's under contract, Marinelli didn't want to stay in Chicago without close friend Lovie Smith. He reportedly turned down a one-year extension from the Bears. Marinelli is expected to reunite with Cowboys DC Monte Kiffin as defensive line coach. New coach Marc Trestman will be forced to press on without the two minds that ran the league's No. 5 defense in 2012. He could sustain some level of continuity on that side of the ball by promoting respected secondary coach Jon Hoke to defensive coordinator.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 11:50:00 AM

Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is reportedly trying to add Bears in-limbo DC Rod Marinelli to his staff in Dallas.

Marinelli, a defensive line guru by trade, worked under Kiffin in Tampa Bay during Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy's head-coaching tenures. The Chicago Sun Times reported Wednesday that new Bears coach Marc Trestman wants to keep Marinelli, but they have never coached together before. Marinelli would be a nice get to teach the Cowboys' defensive linemen technique in the 4-3.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 11:05:00 PM

The Chicago Sun-Times reports deposed Bears coach Lovie Smith is expected to sit out the 2013 season and "reconsider his options next offseason."

Smith will collect the final year of his Bears' salary — $5 million — as he relaxes on the beach. Smith interviewed with the Bills, Chargers and Eagles, but was passed up for all three jobs. The Cover 2 maven and 2006-07 NFC champion isn't a candidate for the two remaining open jobs, Arizona and Jacksonville. Smith won't hurt for work if he wants it in 2014, and should again draw interest as a head coach. Lovie turns 55 years old in May.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 02:13:00 PM

Sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times that new coach Marc Trestman is likely to retain Rod Marinelli as his defensive coordinator -- as long as Marinelli wants the position.

Trestman and the Bears would be silly to dump Marinelli. The Bears' defense ranked fifth in yards allowed, third in points allowed, first in interceptions, second in forced fumbles and eighth in sacks. By keeping Marinelli in charge of the unit, there will still be some continuity even though Lovie Smith is gone.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 10:17:00 AM

The Chicago Tribune believes Colts OC Bruce Arians' Sunday interview concludes the team's initial round of meetings with candidates for their head-coaching vacancy.

The Bears are rivaling the Eagles for the most expansive list of candidates, but it looks like there will no new names added to the search. The team will begin bringing in finalists this week. While Broncos OC Mike McCoy has emerged as the favorite in Arizona and Arians has been considered the Chargers' top target, the Bears job appears to be wide open.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 10:12:00 AM

The Bears interviewed special teams coach Dave Toub for their head coaching vacancy Monday.

Toub has been the Bears' special teams coordinator since 2004, consistently churning out elite units in both the return and coverage game. However, he has no head coaching experience at the college or NFL level. The Bears continue to cast an extremely wide net in their search to replace Lovie Smith as they've been linked to Mike Singletary, Mike Priefer, Darrell Bevell, Rick Dennison, and Marc Trestman in the last few days alone. Overall, their known interest list stands at 13 candidates.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 09:47:00 AM

The Bears will interview Vikings assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer for their head-coaching vacancy.

Singletary is in his second season as linebackers coach and special assistant to head coach Leslie Frazier. He flopped big time as the 49ers head coach from 2008-2010, going 18-22 before handing the reins over to Jim Harbaugh. Priefer is in his second season as the special teams coordinator. He held the same job with the Chiefs and Broncos in years past.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 11:01:00 PM

The Cowboys have reportedly granted the Bears permission to interview special teams coach Joe DeCamillis for their head coaching vacancy.

He's expected to interview on Saturday. DeCamillis joins Broncos OC Mike McCoy, Bucs OC Mike Sullivan, Falcons STs coach Keith Armstrong as known candidates in Chicago. A respected long-time special teams guru, DeCamillis interviewed with the Jaguars last offseason while the Raiders were denied permission to talk to him about their head coaching job. The Bears want their next coach to turn around the offense, so Armstrong and DeCamillis may be long shots. DeCamillis did work with Bears GM Phil Emery in Atlanta.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 02:48:00 PM

Lovie Smith's rep tells the Chicago Tribune he plans to coach in 2013.

"He's ready to coach," Smith's agent said. "He's ready to be a head coach in the NFL somewhere in 2013." Unlike some past big-time coaches like Mike Shanahan and Jeff Fisher, neither Smith nor Andy Reid — the two biggest names handed their walking papers on Black Monday — plan to take a year off to recharge.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 02:55:00 PM

Bears fired coach Lovie Smith.

It's the first "wild card" of Black Monday. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears have already "sent out consent forms requesting permission to interview head-coaching candidates." Smith has enjoyed as much support from his players as any head coach in the league, but missed out on the playoffs in five of the past six seasons. While he's widely respected as a defensive guru, Smith's offenses have too often been a disaster. In particular, the passing game has held the rest of the team hostage for the majority of his tenure in Chicago. Smith ends up with an 81-63 record over nine seasons with the Bears. He should have little trouble finding work as a coordinator, or perhaps even head coach.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:20:00 AM

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