Bears target Raiders’ Rich Bisaccia for coaching staff: report


Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.

There’s still a lot to do, but it looks like New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will be the Las Vegas Raiders’ next head coach. It has always been a long way for interim head coach Rich Bisaccia to get the permanent job despite leading the team to the playoffs. Many fans hoped to see Bisaccia retain his position as special teams coordinator with the new coaching staff, but that was wishful thinking.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Bears have their sights set on Bisaccia as the next special teams coordinator.

New Bears head coach Matt Eberflus and Bisaccia were on the Dallas Cowboys staff together from 2013 to 2017, so there’s a lot of familiarity there. The Raiders coach is highly respected in the league and will have a number of options, but Chicago appears to be the likely destination if Las Vegas moves on. It would be a great hire for Eberflus, who will be head coach for the first time. Bisaccia is definitely a guy who can help make the fit much easier.

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Rod Marinelli could also end up with bears

Bisaccia isn’t the only Raiders assistant with a chance of ending up in Chicago. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli was an assistant with the Bears from 2009 to 2012. He’s done a great job with the Raiders’ defensive line this season and is one of the strongest defensive minds in the NFL. He’s staying put for now but has made it seem like he’ll follow Bisaccia wherever he goes.

“Right now I’m with the Raiders, waiting to see what happens with my good friend Rich Bisaccia,” Marinelli said on 670 The Score.

Eberflus worked under Marinelli when he was defensive coordinator at Dallas. There is a strong connection there. Marinelli has a lot of sense in Chicago and the 72-year-old coach has yet to show signs of slowing down.

Marinelli praises Eberflus

It is no longer fashionable to hire defensive-minded coaches as head coaches. Most teams like to find the next big offensive guru. The Bears tried that with their last head coach in Matt Nagy. It didn’t work out as the coach was fired after the season. Eberflus has done a great job with the Indianapolis Colts and could turn the Bears into a defensive powerhouse.

Marinelli has a very high opinion of the coach.

“He’s such a brilliant guy,” Marinelli said “I wanted to go back to the original Tampa system, and we kind of got closer.

“He really took off and grew. You have to be demanding of the players in the right way and he has done a tremendous job in this area. The whole system is all about detail, execution and teaching, and it has really taken off and flourished.

If Eberflus can land Marinelli and Bisaccia from the Raiders, he will certainly be setting himself up for success. However, he will have to wait and see what Las Vegas decides to do.

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