Rod Marinelli

Rod Marinelli

Defensive Line Coach

UPDATE** On February 10, 2022, at the age of 72, Rod Marinelli retired from coaching. Moving to Texas, we lost one of the world’s greatest teachers. A toast to Rod enjoy his life beyond football!

UPDATE: On December 13, 2020, Rod Marinelli was named to precede Paul Guenther as the Las Vegas Raiders Defensive Coordinator. John Gruden says the team “Needs A New Voice” – we hope his voice is magical.

Rodney “Rod” Marinelli is the current defensive line coach for the Las Vegas Raiders. He began his American football coaching career as an assistant at Rosemead HS in 1973 before his way up to the collegiate and professional football ranks. In College, Marinelli worked mainly as a defensive line and special team coach for Utah State, California, Arizona State, and the University of Southern California.

Rod Marinelli got his first break in the NFL when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired him in 1996. He spent the next nine seasons with the team where he earned a Super Bowl ring in 2002. In 2016, he landed a head coaching job with the Detroit Lions.  But after two forgettable seasons in Detroit, Marinelli became defensive line/ assistant coach for the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. On February 5, 2020, the Raiders named Marinelli as their defensive line coach.

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Coached With Gruden in 2002

Marinelli’s relationship with Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden can be traced all the way back to their time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where together they won a Super Bowl crown. Marinelli said he did not have a hard time deciding to team up with Gruden once again because he always believes in the Raiders’ head coach’s passion and drive to win.

Vietnam War Veteran 

Marinelli was 19-years-old when he served the country in the Vietnam War. He miraculously survived the war despite suffering wounds and contracting malaria.

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Relationship with Joe Barry

The 71-years-old Marinelli is still married to his wife, Barbara, and has two grown daughters, Chris and Gina. Daughter Chris is the wife of Los Angeles Rams assistant head coach,  Joe Barry.