Tap The Brakes On Rod Marinelli?January 2nd, 2014
Bucs fans erupted in glee last night when it was learned, via BSPN’s Adam Schefter, that the Bucs had hired defensive guru Rod Marinelli as the team’s new defensive coordinator.
The first thing that went through Joe’s head was, “Isn’t Marinelli under contract with the Cowboys?” But hey, if Schefter Twitttered it, it had to be true. Right?
It seems Schefter’s report, at best, may have been premature. His colleague at BSPN, Todd Archer who covers the Cowboys for BSPN Dallas, cites several Cowboys team sources claiming the Bucs do not have the rights to Marinelli, that he is still under contract with the Cowboys, and his ascension to defensive coordinator with the Bucs is far from a done deal.
Marinelli is under contract to the Cowboys in 2014. The Cowboys could let him go if they choose, but they have blocked Joe DeCamillis and Tony Sparano in recent years from taking jobs with different teams while under contract. It is possible they could come up with some sort of compensation package to let Marinelli go.
Teams are only required to allow assistant coaches to interview for head coaching vacancies.
But the feeling is the Cowboys do not want to lose Marinelli. He was forced to work with 19 different defensive linemen in 2013 because of injuries and poor play. The Cowboys higher ups liked what he brought to that group and defense in particular.
Archer went on to write it is very possible the Cowboys could jettison defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and promote Marinelli to fill the void.
Now, if it really is a done deal that Marinelli is coming to the Bucs, Joe is going to guess Team Glazer worked out a backroom deal with Jerry Jones for a modest seven-figure sum to persuade Jones to rip up Marinelli’s contract.
This should be a fun next few days.