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Marinelli gets his due

What has the defensive coordinator meant to the Bears? Let Lovie Smith count the ways

Updated: January 14, 2011, 7:26 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Take a seat and relax.

That was the suggestion of Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, because it could take him a while to explain Rod Marinelli's impact on the team.

"How much time do you have?" Smith asked when questioned about Marinelli's value.

Promoted to defensive coordinator after spending last year -- his first with the Bears -- as defensive line coach, Marinelli brings an exhaustive focus on fundamentals and an intuitive feel for play calling ...

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