Rod Marinelli's 'passion' led to penalty

IRVING, Texas -- To see Rod Marinelli inside the Dallas Cowboys' Valley Ranch complex is to see a coach always in control, moving at an even tempo.

On the sideline Sunday night against the Washington Redskins, Marinelli was a little hot and he let the officials know it when Jason Hatcher's sack of Robert Griffin III was initially ruled an incomplete pass. The Cowboys were able to overturn the call on replay, but the defensive line coach was hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty for arguing too much.

Instead of a second-and-20 from the Washington 36, the Redskins had a first-and-10 at the Dallas 49 and were able to kick a field goal to close halftime.

Marinelli apologized before the next play.

Last year, then-defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty when he jawed back and forth with Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith. Jason Garrett had to calm Ryan down.

“Rod's a very passionate guy who loves football,” Garrett said. “You see that in everything he does each and every day. ... I think Rod was just trying to let the official know that (Griffin's knee was down) and I guess the official didn't like how he said it. But he has great passion. He's a stand-up guy. As soon as the flag happened, he turned to me and apologized. But if everybody brings it like Rod Marinelli brings it, we've got a really good chance of being a good football team.”