It is no secret that Rod Marinelli is one of the best defensive coaches in the league at getting the most out of his players. This was the case in 2013 when Marinelli got the most out of George Selvie and Nick Hayden. Although Hayden didn’t have any sacks, he wasn’t that bad at holding his ground in the middle of the field. Selvie on the other hand had by far his best statistical season. The South Florida product had seven sacks, even though he was signed towards the end of training camp in August.
In 2011, when Marinelli coached for the Chicago Bears, he had a lot of interest of Terrell McClain. McClain at the time was just entering the NFL from the University of South Florida. In fact, McClain played a year of football with Selvie in college.
Here is a video of Marinelli working with McClain at a private workout in Tampa:
This leads me to my next point… I believe McClain will start next to Henry Melton on this defensive line in 2014. Although many believe he will be a depth guy, there is reason to believe why McClain could start on this team. I said earlier how Marinelli made Hayden a better player. The interesting thing about that is that McClain is more talented than Hayden, and it shouldn’t be long until Cowboys fans see that this guy can play.
McClain is the epitome of a 4-3 defensive linemen, and he was misused in 3-4 defensive schemes when he played in Houston and Carolina. Also, the Texans and the Panthers have had good defensive lines in the past few years. This is just another reason why McClain has never had his chance to shine. Coming into a new system with one of the best defensive line coaches in the league, McClain will flourish. Last year, it was Damon Harrison of the New York Jets who came out of nowhere to make an impact in the middle of the field. With an opportunity to start, McClain will become a household name in 2014 for the Cowboys.