Cliff Avril: Marinelli OK By Me

Monday, June 15, 2009

OK, so perhaps the widespread assumption that Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril's comments last week were a direct indictment of former coach Rod Marinelli's coaching methods was a bit of a reach.

In a recent blog post shared by Player Press with The Den message board, Avril clarified the misconception.

"Coach Marinelli is a great coach. I would never in any shape form or fashion try to come at him and say he’s not a great coach. He definitely knows what he’s talking about and he’s coached Pro Bowlers and Hall of Famers. He drafted me, he’s the one who gave me the opportunity to be where I am so why wouldn’t I be happy about him?"

Good point, Cliff.

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