Raiders turn defensive

Having interviewed two offensive minded coaches, the Oakland Raiders are turning their attention to a defensive coach. They will entertain Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line coach Rod Marinelli on Monday.

Marinelli already interviewed for the Detroit Lions vacant position, a meeting that took place last Monday, and now has a chance to impress the Raiders' brass.

Now 56, Marinelli has worked in collegiate and pro football for 29 seasons. The Buccaneers remain interested in retaining his services but with two teams now in the mix for his services as a head coach it is doubtful he would return, especially with Monte Kiffin in his way as the defensive coordinator in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay had not allowed him to interview with several teams over the last few seasons for open defensive coordinator positions.

Joining the Bucs in 1996, Marinelli has worked with talent such as Simeon Rice and current Raider defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

Tampa Bay has racked up 272 sacks over the last seven NFL seasons (1999-2005) for an average of 38.86 sacks per season and Marinelli's unit helped set an NFL record as the Buccaneers defense posted a sack in 69 consecutive games from 1999-2003.

The 303.5 sacks registered by Marinelli's line rank first in the NFL among all defensive lines from 1996 to 2004. Additionally, the Bucs defensive front four have ranked in the top five in the NFL in sacks in six of the ten seasons under Marinelli.

The Raiders already have interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders and San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton.


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