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Rod Marinelli nicknamed Nick Hayden ‘Golden Cock’

Nick HatcherDallas Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli might give out the best nicknames in sports.

The Cowboys are 2-1 and the defense has been a strong point through three games. The team is currently second in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (66.3) and sacks (13). Jason Hatcher has three of the 13 sacks and was the focus of some media attention Wednesday.

Hatcher was asked about the influence Marinelli has had on the defense. Things got really interesting when he shared the nicknames Marinelli gave the front four.

Here are the nicknames, as shared by the Dallas Morning News:

    - Jason Hatcher is “Big Daddy”
    – DeMarcus Ware is “Long Arms”
    – George Selive is “Bricklayer”
    – Nick Hayden is “Golden Cock”

The first two nicknames are boring, but Marinelli more than makes up for it with the Golden Cock nickname. Naturally, you’re question is where did that nickname come from?

“He’s the only white guy,” Hatcher told reporters. “You ever seen the Fearsome Four? Nick is the only white guy.”

Hatcher was asked whether Hayden likes the nickname and said yes.

“Oh yeah,” Hatcher said. “The Golden Cock, that’s a sweet name, the Golden Cock.”

That still doesn’t really answer the question about where the nickname comes from, but since one player was already named after his physical characteristics, we can only figure that the same was done with Hayden.

Rod Marinelli Gets the Last Word

After hearing from Dominic Raiola of the Lions, I really started to ease up on them down the stretch hoping they’d win a game. Naturally it didn’t happen and they have gone down as the first 0-16 team in NFL history. Things really got ugly down the stretch when a reporter made a snide comment about Marinelli’s son in law, Joe Barry, who also happened to be the team’s defensive coordinator. Incidentally, that reporter was later fired. But it was Rod Marinelli, who after taking so much heat from the media (rightfully so), got in the last word:

Former Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli was at the Senior Bowl practice this morning but was in no mood to talk to the Detroit media. As three beat writers approached Marinelli, who was sitting in the stands, he told us to get lost in his own charming way.

“Goodbye, ladies,” he said.

Apparently Marinelli used to employ that salutation to the reporters when a lady was present, but this time it was nothing but men. I can’t say I’m really surprised by this story given Marinelli’s history as a tough guy who once wrestled a bear. In the end, it’s still Marinelli who loses because it’s his team that went 0-16, and really, who won’t pick on you for that? At least he’s not going out without getting the last word.

(via Pro Football Talk)

Rod Marinelli Wrestled a Bear

This is one of the cooler stories I’ve read in quite some time. Not even sure how embellished it is. Not even sure it’s true. But Nicholas J. Cotsonika tells of a tale in the Detroit Free Press of Lions head coach Rod Marinelli wrestling a bear back when he was in high school. As the story goes, Marinelli and his buddies were cruising by a car dealership that had a gimmick sign out front saying you could wrestle a bear for $10. Marinelli’s buddies got together the cash, and they set Rod on his way to wrestle Victor the Bear. Taking it from Marinelli’s buddies Gary Schram and Don Gomez…

It was cold, the mat was all wet, and this bear was smelly, let me tell you,” Schram said. “So we put the money up there, and in goes Rod. Rod did then what he does now: He went in to win.”

“There was no hesitation on the guy’s part,” Gomez said. “He flew into that thing.”

“And let me tell you,” Schram said, “he had that bear on his back in about 10 seconds.”

The Russian guy started poking Marinelli with the stick. It startled Marinelli. The bear recovered and pinned him. Marinelli reversed on him, and they went back and forth.

The Russian guy declared Victor the victor. Schram and Gomez said they cheated. Marinelli tried to be a good sport.

“Rod goes over to shake the bear’s hand,” Gomez said, laughing. “The bear doesn’t know he’s coming to shake hands. The bear attacked him again.”

What would be more impressive is if Marinelli could find a way to beat the Bears. But I definitely see why the Lions hired him. Talk about commanding respect in the locker room. Sheesh.