Chicago Bears' Defensive Line Ready To Rise with Rod Marinelli at the Helm

Giuliano CaraccioloContributor IApril 12, 2009

Rod Marinelli does not make a great head coach.

Marinelli never stood a chance being the head coach of the Detroit Lions, for a multitude of reasons which I will not get into here.

Where Rod Marinelli does succeed, and succeed well in is as a defensive line coach.

When the Bears acquired Marinelli as the defensive line coach, most media, fans and others brushed this off as back page sports news and didn't take the time to realize the significance of this move made by Jerry Angelo. The impact that Rod can have on the Chicago Bears defensive front can be incredible.

Lets take a look at what Rod has been able to accomplish over the years and the records, stats, streaks and improvements teams had while under his guidance.

1) The year before Rod Marinelli joined the Detroit Lions (2005), the Lions defensive front were 24th in the league in sacks. In 2007, the Lions jumped 15 spots to become the ninth best team in taking down the quarterback.

2) During the 10 years Marinelli was defensive line coach for Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers were #1 in total sacks in this period in the NFL. The Buccaneers had a total of 416 sacks with an incredible 328.5 coming from the defensive line.

3) From 1999-2003 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers set an NFL record for 69 consecutive games with at least one sack. All with Rod Marinelli in the helm as defensive line coach

4) The top four season high sack totals in Buccaneers history all happened when Marinelli was defensive line coach.

5) In the year 2000, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers registered a single season record of 55 sacks

6) Marinelli helped to build and improve on the careers of Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice, which are considered to be top tier defensive linemen in their time.

What Marinelli was able to accomplish in the past, especially with the Buccaneers really shows what he can do with the right talent on his hands.

In terms of potential, the sky is the limit for Tommie Harris as he can become the best DT in the league as many considered him to be a few years ago. Mark Anderson will also benefit from Marinelli since his numbers really dropped off after his impressive 12 sack rookie season.


Acquiring Rod Marinelli will help the Bears' Defense, especially the defensive line in three ways:

1) Marinelli has strong work ethic and is known to have intense practice and workout sessions for his defensive linemen. This should decrease some of the fatigue the Bears defense seems to have during the second half of games during the last two seasons.

2) If Marinelli is successful in bringing out the potential of Tommie Harris and Mark Anderson. The pass rush alone will help out the defensive backs and force quarterbacks to make more mistakes and generate turnovers.

3) Players respect Marinelli. Do not let the 0-16 mess of last season fool you. Tommie Harris previously stated that Marinelli is the best defensive coach in the league. This could be the key ingredient in generating that hunger and motivation that was missing from the Bears defense since the Super Bowl run.


Rod Marinelli is finally back were he is comfortable and which he has proven he can excel at. The Bears defense might once again emerge as a dominant, ferocious unit hungry for a championship.

Opposing quarterbacks should take notice.