It most cases a coach being offered a promotion by another team is granted permission, but the New York Jets were also denied in their quest to talk to Marinelli.
In the meanwhile Smith made his first hire. Bob Babich has been named the linebackers coach, which is the same position he held with the St. Louis Rams this season. Before that Babich spent six years as head coach at North Dakota State. The two have a relationship dating back to when they spent time at Tulsa together.
All of Dick Jauron's assistants have been released from their contracts with the exception of cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford, tight ends coach Pat Flaherty and receivers coach Todd Haley. All three are considering job offers elsewhere, but there is a chance Bedford and Flaherty could return.
Surprisingly John Shoop has found work before Greg Blache. The former Bears offensive coordinator accepted a job with the Bucs as their quarterbacks coach, a position he once held in Chicago before being promoted.
Blache could end up as Kansas City's defensive coordinator or even Green Bay after Ed Donatell was fired Friday.