A Marinelli Look

May 30th, 2014

Lovie Smith hardly has a coaching staff full of throwback Buccaneers like himself, but there are plenty of connections.

As hardcore Bucs fans know, defensive line coach and equal-opportunity screamer Joe Cullen is a disciple of former Bucs defensive line coach and assistant head coach Rod Marinelli, who was Lovie’s defensive right hand in Chicago after he ousted Ron Rivera.

In this excellent Buccaneers.com video, staff reporter-in-chief Scott Smith talks about the Marinelli look of the D-line drills, and you get to watch guys get after it.

Adrian Clayborn appears to be sporting a leaner look in the Tuesday practice video.

McCoy also talks a bit about his vocal leadership role. The presence of established and accomplished veterans like McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Michael Johnson really has Joe believing the Bucs will give their young defensive linemen every possible chance, and give them the benefit of any doubt, when it comes time to name a final roster.

Guys like Will Gholston, Steven Means, Akeem Spence, Euclid Cummings and Chaz Sutton likely have more potential of blossoming under their veteran mentors than, say, Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn.

18 Responses to “A Marinelli Look”

  1. gatrbuc17 Says:

    This Defense is gonna be just Plain NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Andrew 1 Says:

    I dont understand all the hate for Adrian Clayborn. Yes, he has underachieved a little bit, but he has also been injured. I know the bucs didn’t pick up his extension, but lets see what Lovie can do with him before writing him off completely.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    “who was Lovie’s defensive right hand in Chicago after he ousted Ron Rivera.”

    Bucs 20 Panthers 17. Non-homer in me.

    Bucs 31 Panthers 20. Homer in me.

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “Guys like Will Gholston, Steven Means, Akeem Spence, Euclid Cummings and Chaz Sutton likely have more potential of blossoming under their veteran mentors than, say, Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn.”
    – Joe

    Put on the breaks there. No way do they have more potential than Clayborn. Bowers? Sure. But Clayborn looked good until last year so maybe there was a reason beyond him being a bust?

    I still think he can do well.

  5. SteveK Says:

    GMC is an absolute stud. What would you thnk if the. Bucs could resign GMC to this year’s +10million signing bonus (all against this year’s cap). From there GMC can make 9/10mm per, rather than 12mm per? Take the hit this year, and then resign David to a similar pact.

    We’d be able to have pick of the Free Agency litter in this offseason.

    Agreed, but David probably won’t make that kind of money. –Joe

  6. abdominal snowman Says:

    Say what you will about Clayborn but there’s no denying he plays with a high intensity and motor. He is obviously willing to do whatever a team asks him to do including trying to guard RBs like sproles. I think he has all the intangibles and he’ll have his last shot to show he belongs on this team. Either way this guy will be hungry and if it pans out great, if not we still have some depth behind him with high ceilings.

  7. Jim Walker Says:

    @Andrew 1

    Go back and watch the games. Particularly watch the St. Louis game. Clayborne is terrible. He does not explode off the line, does not finish tackles, does not pursue the ball, and barley sniffs the QB and when he does he misses. Re-watch that double reverse that the Rams ran and watch Clayborne’s play.

  8. Jim Walker Says:

    Clayborne didn’t take plays off, he took entire games off. There were plays where McCoy is in the backfield before Clayborne is out of his stance.

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    I still think that Clayborn has got the potential to “break out”. We’ll see. I like the makings thus far.

  10. Macabee Says:


    I agree the McCoy extension gets done this year and there are lots of ways to use upfront money to minimize the annual cap hit. But the new CBA limits early renegotiated contracts. It states that incoming drafted players will not be able to renegotiate contracts before the end of the third season on their rookie contracts. Undrafted players can renegotiate after their second year. Lavonte David cannot be extended until 2015.

  11. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Jim Walker

    I’ll confess, I didnt get to see the Rams game, and have no way of re-watching it. But I will say that one game does not a player make. I watched almost all the other games and did not see him “taking plays off.” I did see him however covering TEs.

  12. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    high intensity and high motor, just means that you cannot get to the QB. if you have to make all these “moves” to get pressure, then you will not be on Lovie’s Defense.

  13. BoJim Says:

    He was asked to do a lot of weird sheet last year.

  14. Harry Says:


    I like your “Bucs 20 Panthers 17”. And with our D and the fact Newton has no one to throw to (can’t count on rookies), your “Bucs 31 Panthers 20” is not far fetched. I predict we have at least 2 TO for that game.

  15. Harry Says:

    Clayborn is not nearly as bad as Bowers. Bowers came to camp last year totally out of shape. He has no “want to” in him, no drive, no ambition. He has more physical talent than Clayborn, he’s just lazy, IMO. I guess Bowers is saving his annual prediction of 10+ sacks for training camp.

  16. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    The days of Schiano-inspired “disruption” are over.

    The days of actual QB pressure have arrived.

    P.S. Fire them Ginger Cannons!!!!! Boom!!!!!

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    LOL I just noticed in the pic. That’s my cousin Ryan number 66.

  18. PRBucFan Says:

    AC will blossom under Lovie IF HES HEALTHY, that’s the big question.

    He was in fact explosive as a rookie on his way to being a finalist in the DROY, and he’s been injury ridden since and with quite a serious injury at that.

    AC would get scooped up quickly if he were released.

    I have faith Lovie will find a way to make him successful.