Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has said one of the benefits of joining Tampa Bay for his final pro season as a quarterback in 2004 was to learn from the defensive staff, which included Rod Marinelli.
Marinelli remembers Garrett’s approach.
“Bright. Inquisitive. Passion for football,” Marinelli said Thursday as he met reporters at Valley Ranch. “I’ll get close to people like that that really have a passion for this game and what it’s about. You could see that fast. And intelligence. You could see that was going to happen fast.”
Marinelli said he and Garrett have maintained contact since then. Last season, of course, they went head-to-head on the field when the Bears, with Marinelli as head coach, used five interceptions to beat the Cowboys 34-18 in a Monday night game.
“We talked here and there a little bit,” Marinelli said. “But obviously followed him and had a chance to compete against him. Boy, a terrific coach.”
-- Carlos Mendez