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Monday, January 5, 2009
Could Marinelli end up back in Tampa?

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Rod Marinelli's name is coming up in a lot of places. The former Detroit head coach is being mentioned as a possible defensive coordinator in Chicago and Seattle, which makes sense. Marinelli has strong ties to Seattle team president Tim Ruskell because they worked together in Tampa. He also has ties to Chicago coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo. Angelo, Smith and Marinelli all worked together for the Bucs.

But there's one other team that could enter the picture that nobody is talking about. How about the Bucs? It would only come into play if new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris gets the head coaching job he's interviewing for in Denver.

If that happens, Marinelli, a long-time Tampa Bay assistant, would make a lot of sense. He still knows a lot of the players and was very respected in the locker room. He also knows the system of former coordinator Monte Kiffin as well as anyone.