It’s only been a day since Gus Bradley was hired as the Las Vegas Raiders defensive coordinator. He’s already made an early decision on one staff member.
Bradley revealed in his first press conference as the Raiders defensive coordinator that Rod Marinelli will be remaining on the staff.
“Excited about Coach Rod Marinelli, he’s going to be a part of this staff,” Bradley said Tuesday. “He was another big reason why this was so important to take a look at this opportunity. I got great respect for Coach Marinelli and he’ll be a great soundboard with all the guys like Travis Smith, and understanding all the personnel things.”
Marinelli was hired by the Raiders last off-season as a defensive line coach after his long tenure with the Dallas Cowboys.
When Paul Guenther was fired after the Week 14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Marinelli was promoted to interim defensive coordinator.
While we are yet to see if Marinelli will remain as defensive line coach or get a new assignment, the fact of the matter is Marinelli will be an integral part of the Raiders defense moving forward.
For the rest of the coaching positions, Bradley said he first wanted to talk to the existing coaches in Las Vegas.
“There’s staff members here that I’d still like to visit with and check with them and see how they are, their feelings and see where they’re at with the process,” Bradley said.
“Obviously, I felt like we had a tremendous, tremendous staff with the Chargers at all positions. We’re going to put together a really good staff and it’s going to be a staff that really we each can grow from each other out of it.”
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