According to various Cowboys insiders on Twitter (Bryan Broaddus, Calvin Watkins, and more), Rod Marinelli will be the new Defensive Coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. This past season’s coordinator, Monte Kiffin, will assume the role of Assistant Head Coach / Defense (not clear exactly what that means).
The news came amidst the Cowboys official announcement of Scott Linehan’s hiring as Passing Offense Coordinator and designation as primary play-caller.
The gem of the Dallas Cowboys defensive staff Rod Marinelli. Heck, he’s the gem of the entire staff. Everyone knows Marinelli is extremely loyal. Prior to last season, he left Chicago to play in a lower ranking position in Dallas. All because he wasn’t happy with how Chicago handled Head Coach Lovie Smith’s dismissal.
At this point in the 64 year old Rod Marinelli’s career, he’s not as interested in the money and status as he is about his players and peers. How the Cowboys handle Monte Kiffin will determine Rod Marinelli’s future with the team.
Prediction from December:
Monte Kiffin will remain on staff and quite possibly even retain the title of Defensive Coordinator, but Rod Marinelli will be the real Defensive Coordinator in 2014. Former players and coaches all sing the praises of Marinelli’s ability to coach, motivate, and generally lift-up a team. He has the ability to motivate players to play beyond their potential. For a defense that is notorious underachievers, this is quite possibly the most important quality in a Defensive Coordinator.
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ESPN’s Todd Archer has just published an article with the news.