Marinelli, like Gruden, is the last of a dying breed of coaches who eat, breathe, and sleep football — sure, all coaches say they do, but these two mean it. Through the years, Marinelli has earned a legendary reputation for developing defensive linemen and extracting their potential, which is why Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock wouldn’t rest until he became a member of the Raiders’ coaching staff this offseason.

Marinelli’s message to his players is simple: Don’t think, just go. It’s all about effort; he wants his players to attack quarterbacks like a moth drawn to a flame, which resonates with budding star Maxx Crosby, who brings effort on every snap.

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