Aug 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli talks strategy with defensive end Landon Cohen (92) during fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 12-7. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Who's the Next Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys Mailbag: Who’s the Next Head Coach?

Recently, Sport DFW reader, Carl, sent this question to the mailbag:

If Jason Garrett loses his job is the next Cowboys head coach already on the staff?

For the sake of argument let’s assume Jason Garrett is officially on the hot seat. Next, let’s assume he fell short of expectations again and lost his job following the 2014 season. Now, is the next Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys on the coaching staff already?

I believe so.

I think most people will agree that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is an early favorite to be the next head coach, should Jason Garrett get the ax. Marinelli has gobs of NFL experience serving as a position coach, coordinator, assistant head coach, and even a forgettable stint as a head coach for the Detroit Lions.

Ok, maybe that head coaching job in Detroit was more unforgettable than forgettable, since in 2008 the Lions had the NFL’s first and only 16 loss season…ever.

Detroit aside, Marinelli is widely regarded as a great football mind, brilliant motivator, and valuable developer. Rod Marinelli seems to have a knack for getting the most out of his players. He motivates in a way unseen in Dallas since Bill Parcells (and Bill usually used fear as the driving force). His players work their butts off and love him for it.

Jun 17, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli during minicamp at Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

On a team widely regarded as chronic underachievers, having a coach that develops overachievers is a very welcomed sight. The job won’t be handed to him though. Against all odds, this defense will need to preform in 2014. They aren’t going to be in the top-10 or anything but if they can get into the 16-25 range he will have achieved nothing short of a miracle.

But… if the defense preforms that well (middle of the pack), it would likely save Jason Garrett’s job as well. Many predict the Cowboys offense to be explosive in 2014. A top-10 finish offensively is expected. If the defense can carry any weight at all, then the Cowboys may have a shot at a winning season in 2014.

At the end of the day the Dallas Cowboys will not be attracting top head coaches. The big names want nothing to do with the drama (and interfering ownership) Big D provides. As long as Jerry is alive, the Cowboys will have a hard time attracting proven winning coaches. Re-treads and promotions will have to do the trick and Rod Marinelli qualifies as both.

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