So we now have confirmation that the Bears have not offered former Lions coach Rod Marinelli a contract.
We know he has spoken to Seattle Seahawks about their defensive coordinator job and per this article he has just spoken to the Houston Texans about the same spot.
Houston has an opening for a defensive coordinator as well as a line coach, the position he would be expected to fill for the Bears. The Texans fired defensive coordinator Richard Smith, line coach Jethro Franklin and secondary coach Jon Hoke after an 8-8 finish.
I'd have to guess that after the Bears and Marinelli spoke, he told them he was still had a few interviews for the higher position, if he doesn't get those he'll come back to us.
I don't know if that is a common techinque if it is what we are doing, but JA and Lovie seem to march to a different beat and are okay with the wait and see approach.