Marinelli to coach Bears' defensive line

The Baltimore Sun

Rod Marinelli joined the Chicago Bears as a defensive line coach yesterday, returning to his roots after becoming the NFL's first head coach to post an 0-16 season.

Marinelli went 10-38 in three years with the Detroit Lions and was fired after failing to win a game this season. But before that, he was Tampa Bay's defensive line coach for a decade. The Buccaneers' line had 328 1/2 sacks under Marinelli, the most in the league during that span.

Marinelli will also serve as the Bears' assistant head coach. He held that title his last four seasons in Tampa. Marinelli and Bears coach Lovie Smith are friends who worked together with the Buccaneers.

Cowboys:: Adam Jones suggested his days with Dallas might not be over.

In an interview on CBS' NFL pre-game show, the cornerback said he expects to play football next season and "I think I might be back in Dallas."

Host James Brown then asked: "And you have an inkling that Jerry Jones will give you another shot?"

Jones grinned and said, "Yeah, I do," but didn't offer any details to back his assertion.

Jones, who was interviewed via satellite from California, insisted his troubles were behind him.

"I did have an alcohol problem, but I have addressed the alcohol problem and went to AA," he said. "... I'm doing whatever it takes for me to change my life as a man, you know. Football, I'll always love football and always want to play football, but I still got to take care of myself as a person also."

Colts:: The NFL fined defensive end Dwight Freeney $20,000 for comments he made after last weekend's 23-17 overtime loss at San Diego.

In a post-game interview with Yahoo Sports, Freeney used two expletives in criticizing the officiating at the end of the game. Indianapolis was called for three defensive penalties on the Chargers' winning drive in overtime.

49ers: : Rob Chudzinski, the Browns' offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, is interviewing with San Francisco coach Mike Singletary for the 49ers' vacant offensive coordinator job.

Former St. Louis coach Scott Linehan and Indianapolis receivers coach Clyde Christensen interviewed with the 49ers on Friday.

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