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Rod Marinelli Expected To Join Raiders' Staff


The Cowboys have been rather quiet about their assistant coaching moves since hiring Mike McCarthy.

But according to multiple reports, Rod Marinelli is not only leaving the staff, but is headed to Oakland to become the Raiders' defensive line coach. 
Marinelli has been with the Cowboys since 2013 as both defensive line coach and defensive coordinator. This past season, he relinquished some of the play-calling duties to Kris Richard, who like Marinelli, also had an expiring contract after the 2019 season.

The Cowboys have reportedly turned to longtime coach Mike Nolan to become the defensive coordinator. Also, veteran coach Jim Tomsula is expected to become the Cowboys' defensive line coach.

So it was rather clear that Marinelli was not coming back to the staff, but now his name has surfaced in Oakland with head coach Jon Gruden. The Raiders also have former Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia on the staff coaching their special teams as well. 

This past year, the Cowboys ranked ninth in yards allowed (327.0) per game and 12th in points allowed at 20.1

Marinelli has 24 years of NFL coaching experience, including 10 years with the Bucs, three years as head coach of the Lions (2006-08), before leading the Bears defense