Rod Marinelli named defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys

Rod Marinelli named defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys

DALLAS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Dallas Cowboys announce Rod Marinelli is their new defensive coordinator and that Scott Linehan will call offensive plays and be a "passing-game coordinator."
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Ex-Vikings coach Les Frazier joining Tampa Bay staff

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Former Vikings head Coach Leslie Frazier is the new defensive coordinator in Tampa Bay, but he wasn't Buccaneers Coach Lovie Smith's first choice, NFL.com said.
Jim Schwartz fired by Lions after 1-6 finish to season

Jim Schwartz fired by Lions after 1-6 finish to season

DETROIT, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Jim Schwartz, with four losing seasons in five years, was fired Monday as coach of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

Mel Tucker named Bears defense coordinator

CHICAGO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Chicago Bears named Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator, one day after Rod Marinelli moved on to become defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

Rod Marinelli leaving Bears

CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- New Chicago Bears Coach Marc Trestman said defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli turned town a one-year contract extension through 2014.

Schwartz introduced as Lions' coach

DETROIT, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Jim Schwartz, new coach of the Detroit Lions, the only NFL team to go 0-16, said the best feeling in football is "turning a situation around."

Jim Schwartz named coach of Detroit Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Longtime Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is the new head coach of the Detroit Lions, taking over the first team in NFL history to go 0-16.
Marinelli joins staff of Chicago Bears

Marinelli joins staff of Chicago Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Rod Marinelli, who was fired after his Detroit Lions became the first 0-16 team in NFL history, has joined the coaching staff of the Chicago Bears.

Marinelli kicked out by Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Coach Rod Marinelli was fired by the Detroit Lions Monday after the team produced an NFL-record-worst 0-16 season.
Culpepper agrees to deal with Lions

Culpepper agrees to deal with Lions

DETROIT, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Free-agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper has reached a deal with the winless Detroit Lions but has yet to sign a contract, Coach Rod Marinelli said Sunday.

Lions sign Barry as defensive coordinator

ALLEN PARK, Mich., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Joe Barry, most recently linebackers coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been hired as defensive coordinator by the Detroit Lions.

Changes in Detroit Lions coaching staff

DETROIT, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The Detroit Lions, finishing the season with one of the worst records in the NFL, announced major changes in the coaching staff Tuesday.

Report: Lions coach to have hip surgery

DETROIT, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Detroit Lions Coach Rod Marinelli will have left-hip replacement surgery next week, the Detroit News reported Saturday.

NFL: Detroit 20, Buffalo 17

DETROIT, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Kevin Jones ran for 127 yards and one touchdown Sunday as Detroit beat Buffalo, 20-17, for its first win of the NFL season.

Marinelli introduced as Lions head coach

ALLEN PARK, Mich., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Detroit Lions introduced Rod Marinelli as the franchise's 23rd head coach Thursday, replacing the fired Steve Mariucci.
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Rod Marinelli
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli leads his team against the New England Patriots, at Gillette Stadium on December 3, 2006. (UPI Photo/Katie McMahon)

Rodney (Rod) Marinelli (born July 13, 1949 in Rosemead, California) is the defensive line coach and assistant head coach of the Chicago Bears. He is the former head coach of the Detroit Lions. He was fired from his position as head coach on December 29, 2008, one day after coaching the Lions to the worst single-season record in NFL history, 0–16.

Marinelli's coaching career began in 1973 as an assistant at Rosemead High School in suburban Los Angeles from 1973 to 1975. He earned his first collegiate job in 1976, serving as an assistant at Utah State University until 1982. He then moved on to the University of California for nine seasons, serving as the defensive line coach and later the assistant head coach. He was then on staff with Arizona State University for three seasons, again holding a dual role as defensive line and assistant head coach, between 1992 and 1994. Marinelli spent his final year in college football at University of Southern California in 1995.

Marinelli went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996 and was the defensive line coach for ten seasons under head coach Tony Dungy. The latter four seasons he also served as assistant head coach. He was known for his strict disciplinary style and his commitment of trying to get the most out of his players. There he worked to develop lineman such as Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice into Pro Bowl caliber players. During Marinelli's tenure in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers earned more sacks than any other franchise.

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