May 11, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli during rookie minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hire Rod Marinelli as defensive coordinator

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved swiftly and quickly to lock down Lovie Smith as the team’s next head coach but the rest of the staff needed to be filled out as well. We knew that Smith would be taking offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford with him to Tampa, or wherever he landed, but the defensive coordinator position was a mystery.

Bucs fans were fantasizing about Rod Marinelli as the defensive coordinator under Smith, as the two worked together in Chicago, and those prayers seem to have been answered. According to ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinkas, the Buccaneers are planning on hiring Rod Marinelli as the team’s next defensive coordinator.


There were rumors earlier in the evening that former Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier would be headed to Tampa Bay to be Lovie Smith’s defensive coordinator, but it appears Lovie’s good friend Marinelli is the front runner. This doesn’t mean Frazier won’t still join the staff as appositional coach, but everything points to Marinelli being the guy to get the defensive coordinator position under Lovie Smith.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    jajajajajaja, the only good and decent person who the cowboys have, and hes walking out, what a kind of circus the cowboys are

  • Tom Weissmann

    Hopefully if Tedford can right the offense, this team has a very solid coaching staff at the three main positions. Very excited for next year already.

  • Andrew Kirk

    He can’t leave the Cowboys staff unless the Cowboys grant permission to do so, and they won’t, not without draft pick compensation.