Cowboys would have to approve Marinelli move to Tampa


Rod Marinelli served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for Lovie Smith during their time together with the Chicago Bears.

Marinelli appears set to join Smith on his staff in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator but there could be one hitch that could stop the move.

According to Todd Archer of, the Dallas Cowboys would have to approve any move Marinelli wishes to make. He’s under contract with the Cowboys for next season as the team’s defensive line coach. The Cowboys have blocked assistants Joe DeCamillis and Tony Sparano from taking jobs in recent seasons and only are obligated to allow assistants to interview for head coaching jobs.

Marinelli was with Smith from 2009-2012 in Chicago and coached in Tampa Bay as an assistant from 1996-2005.