Marinelli still steamed
I don't like writing about colleagues or instances like this, but I'm compelled to today since the Rob Parker-Rod Marinelli postgame press conference fiasco has gone national.
If you missed it, Parker peppered Marinelli with questions about why defensive coordinator Joe Barry, Marinelli's son-in-law, is still employed after Sunday's 42-7 loss to the Saints. It's a line of questioning the Detroit News columnist has pursued several times this year, but Sunday was different when, a few minutes after the initial back-and-forth, Parker asked, On a light note, seriously, do you wish your daughter would have married a better defensive coordinator?
Marinelli didn't respond to the question at the time, but he didn't hide his contempt for it Monday.
I just think anytime you attack my daughter I got a problem with that, in a room of stink, and that's a man and it was premeditated, he said. I think there's something wrong with that, yeah.
Parker, who I consider a friend, explained his question in a column that appeared in Monday's News, saying he attempted to lighten the moment in a tense situation and his shot at humor failed. He apologized if his question seemed slighted, cruel and even insensitive.
Marinelli said didn't read the column and doesn't care to talk about it with Parker.
I was just told a little bit about it and don't accept anything, he said. I had an assistant coach one time say, made a remark with you guys, he was embarrassed, he didn't want to embarrass a player. Could he take that remark back? Would you guys let him? No. You went from our practice field and ran to our locker room, put a microphone in front of the player, right? And he didn't mean it that way.
To me, this is worse. Because it was intent to maybe stir me up, which is never going to happen. I can shoulder anything you bring. Easy. I can shoulder anything you bring.
Marinelli was, of course, referring to comments offensive coordinator Jim Colletto made in October that he wasn't going to embarrass backup quarterback Drew Stanton by playing him before he was ready.
The situations are different. A day later, Colletto used the E word again about Stanton. But his point remains you can't take back what's already been said or done. That, my friends, is a fact of life.