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MARINELLI MEETS WITH TEXANS

The latest leg of the Rod Marinelli post-epic fail tour is in Houston, where the former Lions head coach is interviewing for either a job as the Texans’ defensive coordinator or defensive line coach. The Texans are looking for replacements for Richard Smith and Jethro Franklin, who were both fired after the the regular season ended.
Marinelli, who has never served as a defensive coordinator in the league, but was a highly regarded line coach for 10 years in Tampa, has already interviewed with the Bears and the Seahawks about coaching jobs.

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  1. fuber says: Jan 8, 2009 1:51 PM

    Maybe Marinelli’s failure will convince the Broncos (and Rams) to stay away from Raheem Morris. Morris has never been a d-coordinator either. But I have a sneaky suspicion that Morris is the 2008 designated Rooney rule guy.

  2. Kevin from Philly says: Jan 8, 2009 1:51 PM

    What’s stranger, Marinelli getting so much attention after an 0-16 season or Millen getting a job in football?

  3. dukeofdway says: Jan 8, 2009 1:59 PM

    Jeez ape,
    Why are you associating with these clowns?

  4. HowBoutThemTexans says: Jan 8, 2009 2:15 PM

    Help me, Jesus

  5. Pea Tear Griffin says: Jan 8, 2009 2:18 PM

    And just when you think the Texans are ready to turn the corner . . .

  6. Kool Herc says: Jan 8, 2009 2:43 PM

    Oh jeez… Another Marinelli/Barry story… The “these guys shouldn’t be allowed to coach my kids pop warner team” comments from the ditto-heads can’t be far away.
    Of course, qualifications like 10 years coaching experience in the NFL doesn’t matter when you’re a message board tough guy — as if Marinelli completely forgot how to coach when he went to Detroit, according to the clowns on here that is.

  7. Marinelli Hater says: Jan 8, 2009 2:45 PM

    What a great country. Matt Millen can find a job after being the archiect of a 0-16 team and Rod Marinelli can still get job offers after being the leader of that team. God Bless America.

  8. Pea Tear Griffin says: Jan 8, 2009 3:25 PM

    Just when you think the Texans are heading in the right direction . . .

  9. spina1md says: Jan 8, 2009 3:26 PM

    Ha ha, Houston, we have a problem

  10. spina1md says: Jan 8, 2009 3:29 PM

    Wait wait wait, Hold on. DID YOU SEE HIS “COACHING EXPERIENCE” in Detroit?
    Did you witness that decision making? I dont care what he did in Tampa, He blew giant *%*& as a head coach in Detroit. He should be the 62nd name on anyone’s list.
    “Message board tough guys”, or People that know what the hell they are talking about!

  11. Jim Beam says: Jan 8, 2009 3:36 PM

    Kool Herc…
    Great point…. Its amazing how many fans on this site really dont know a thing about football.
    My favorite is the message board fans that say “mark my words” like their word is the do all and end all.

  12. Kool Herc says: Jan 8, 2009 5:36 PM

    Jim Beam says:
    “Kool Herc…
    Great point…. Its amazing how many fans on this site really dont know a thing about football.”
    Case in point football genius spina1md.
    spina1md says:
    “Wait wait wait, Hold on. DID YOU SEE HIS “COACHING EXPERIENCE” in Detroit?
    Did you witness that decision making? I dont care what he did in Tampa, He blew giant *%*& as a head coach in Detroit. He should be the 62nd name on anyone’s list.
    “Message board tough guys”, or People that know what the hell they are talking about!”
    I’m sorry but what the eff do you know about coaching defense? The answer is NOTHING. Now on the other hand, Rod Marinelli has been a defensive coach (with either a D1 or NFL team) since 1976. I’ll go out on a limb and say he probably knows more about football in his pinky finger then you will in your entire life.
    Being a Bucs fan I can tell you that more players rate Rod as an outstanding coach (same goes with Joe Barry) then didn’t — Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice, Chris Hovan just to name a few all rave about Rod’s coaching/teaching ability, I trust the word of people who have worked for him more then a joker behind a keyboard.
    The Lions defense was an absolute joke and Rod and Joe clearly had a tough time coaching players who can’t play, but I think that would be true of anyone that was put in a completely untenable situation.
    Cam Cameron went 1-15 as the Dolphins HC last year and was hired instantly by the Ravens and has done an outstanding job as their OC, clearly he didn’t forget how to coach after one year as a head coach.

  13. I_am_not says: Jan 8, 2009 5:53 PM

    I watched him coach in Tampa for a long time. There will never be a better, more player-respected defensive coach than Rod Marinelli.
    His biggest mistake? Agreeing to go to Detroit in the first place!

  14. aj says: Jan 8, 2009 7:50 PM

    I wouldn’t mind Marinelli as a d-line coach and apparently that was what he was in town interviewing for (according to the artcile in the Houston Chronicle – late afternoon).
    p.s., the famous quote “Houston you [we] have a problem” may have been fresh in 1973 but if you’re still using it in 2009, you are intellectually weak.

  15. garyofferdahl says: Jan 8, 2009 8:07 PM

    He’s a great line coach…the Texans get this guy to coach the D Line and they are getting a top flight guy. Look at the production he has got as a line coach….you guys are “dumb.”

  16. spina1md says: Jan 8, 2009 8:58 PM

    Look Kool Aid–
    I dont care what Rod-box did in Tampa day when he had to Coach 8 guys max. That of course is assuming a starter and backup and each spot. In Detroit, your savior coach kept 11 Defensive Linemen on the roster, Your savior lobbied for Brian Kelly, Chuck Darby, Calvin Pearson, Dwayne White and Dwight Smith. Your Savior and his idiot son in-law had their hand in the pot for drafting Jordan “110 soaking wet” Dizon. THATS NOT FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE
    Now your argument is he has all this knowledge and he can run a defense, really, where was that in Detroit? He’s some great coach but they are near the bottom every year in defense under him. He’s a great defensive mind but he never once took over the defense? He never once said Joe Barry didnt know what he was doing? He signed off on Shaun Rogers for Leigh “cant cover my ass” Bodden? Rod may very well know more about football than I do. BUT that doesnt make him some all knowing savior that can run a team’s defense.
    You can attempt to blame the players for “not performing”, however, that’d ignore the fact that ROD HAD HIS WAY WITH PERSONNEL DECISIONS, ESPECIALLY THIS PAST OFF-SEASON, when he brought in every former Buc available. That kind of FOOTBALL decision making doesnt lend well to an argument that he knows football. I personally could give a SH%T where he goes, but when that Defense is ranked near the bottom, dont say I didnt tell you so.
    It takes a horrible coach to go 0-16, he doesnt deserve to have a job in the league.

  17. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 8, 2009 9:58 PM

    Dear Houston Texans,
    Mr. Rod Marinelli would make a fine addition to your coaching staff. Mark my words, his work ethic and dedication would pay immediate dividends to your wonderful franchise.
    Sincerely,
    Joe Barry

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