Plan C

While Lovie Smith might not have been Jerry Angelo's first choice to replace Dick Jauron, the Bears new head coach is running into a similar problem in finding a defensive coordinator.

Lovie Smith wanted Rod Marinelli to be his defensive coordinator, but the Tampa Bay Bucs have denied the Bears and New York Jets permission to talk to their current defensive line coach.

Smith then turned his former college coach in Larry Marmie, who had been the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator for the past 3 seasons. However Marmie will now replace Smith in St. Louis as the Rams defensive coordinator.

While it's unclear who choice number three is, Smith's defensive background means the hire isn't nearly as important as the offensive coordinator.

All signs still point to Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach Terry Shea being the frontrunner. Both sides are happy with the other and something will likely get done this week.

It looks like cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford will be the only holdover from the previous regime. Thus far the only official hire by the Bears has been linebackers coach Bob Babich.

Instead of traveling to Mobile, Ala, for the Senior Bowl Jerry Angelo and Smith reportedly stay in Lake Forest to assemble the rest of the coaching staff.

In other news Dick Jauron accepted a three-year deal with the Detroit Lions to be their defensive coordinator. The contract is reportedly worth an average of a little under $1,000,000 per season, but only about $500,000 coming the first year. That means the Bears still owe Jauron about $1.8 million for the difference between what he'll receive from the Lions this season and what the final year of his deal with Chicago would have paid.

Jauron had other options, but in the end his relationship with Steve Mariucci and an organization he started his NFL career as a player proved to the difference. He'll also join former Bears quarterbacks coach Greg Olson, who will fill the same position for the Lions.

There is a chance that Greg Blache will accept a post under Jauron as the Lions defensive line coach, but is holding out for a coordinator position.


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