Rod Marinelli on new Bears coach Matt Eberflus: 'This guy is going to be successful, there’s no doubt in my mind'


(670 The Score) The Bears are set to hire Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as their next head coach, and he comes to Chicago highly touted by peers around the NFL.

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One of the believers in Eberflus is longtime NFL coach Rod Marinelli, the current defensive line coach for the Raiders. He worked alongside Eberflus for five seasons with the Cowboys from 2013-’17 and envisions Eberflus being a strong fit with the Bears.

“He’s got the ability to step on a man’s shoe and leave a shine,” Marinelli told the Parkins & Spiegel Show on Thursday. “And not everybody can do that. It’s really an art.

“This guy is going to be successful, there’s no doubt in my mind.”

Eberflus, 51, has been the Colts’ defensive coordinator for the past four seasons. His defense has ranked in the top 10 in takeaways each season under his watch, including a No. 2 ranking in 2021.

Beyond the defensive coaching, Eberflus brings a style of leadership that should fit well as a head coach, Marinelli said.

"Setting the standard, setting the foundation is what he'll do,” Marinelli said. “And he’s done that. He did a terrific job of that, of helping rebuild a roster and rebuild that defense in Indy and he did the same in Dallas when he was here. I think he checks every box that I can see."

The 72-year-old Marinelli worked for the Bears from 2009-’12, including three years as defensive coordinator. On Thursday, he declined to reveal whether he'd accept a job on staff with Eberflus, pointing to his current place with the Raiders and interim coach Rich Bisaccia.

The Raiders have launched a search for a permanent head coach, and it’s unclear whether Bisaccia and members of his staff will be retained in Las Vegas.