Marinelli won't make major changes to Raiders' defense


Rod Marinelli didn’t have much of a reaction to finding out Sunday night he would take over as defensive coordinator for the remainder of the Raiders’ season.

That’s not really in his nature.

“I don’t change, I don’t care what happens,” the 71-year-old defensive line coach said. “Up or down, it’s how you respond. I respond with poise and patience. When you do that, you know what you’re doing. Panic, you don’t know what you’re doing. So it’s all poise.”

Marinelli doesn’t have a whole lot of time to make massive changes to a struggling defense with his first opportunity to call plays coming up on Thursday against the Chargers.


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