Jason Garrett says defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli would like to stay with the Dallas Cowboys.
Garrett made the announcement at his season-ending news conference on Tuesday, as the Cowboys continue to try and keep their coaching staff in tact.
Garrett himself has yet to be signed to an extension, but that seems like a mere formality at this point. He spoke as though he would be coming back as the head coach, and owner Jerry Jones has made it clear that he’d like to keep Garrett.
But Marinelli, play-caller Scott Linehan and offensive coordinator/ line coach Bill Callahan are also on expiring contracts. The Cowboys have an exclusive window through Wednesday to re-sign them, and have stated a desire to do so.
The speculation has been that Marinelli would depart for Tampa Bay to join his friend Lovie Smith’s staff, but Garrett’s words suggested otherwise.
Asked if Marinelli has told him he’d like to stay, Garrett simply said: “Yes.”
If that happens, it would certainly please Garrett.
“He’s done a great job for us,” Garrett said. “He made our players better. He made our coaches better. He’s just a great football coach and he’s a great person to have in your organization. He represents all the right things and I thought the defense played remarkably well.”