Aug 16, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli talks with the defensive line on the sidelines during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

There Is Absolutely No Pressure On Rod Marinelli This Year


The bad news just keeps coming for this Dallas Cowboys defense that has no concept of the word luck. DeVonte Holloman‘s career is now likely over after a recurring neck injury. Although he might not have been a full-fledged starter, he surely would have contributed. He showed in his two starts at the end of last year that he can play in this league and that he can surely play in this scheme. It is truly a sad story.

Add this to the laundry list of bad luck that has possessed this defense and it is starting to seem hopeless. The winner in all of this chaos is Rod Marinelli. He will be able to coach the worst unit in the entire league and walk away unscathed.

Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker coach Matt Eberflus talks with linebacker DeVonte Holloman (57) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Imagine if this unit cracks the top 15, it sounds crazy but you never know. Rod Marinelli would be a messiah, a legend. There is no pressure on him because the expectations for the defense are in the sewer. This is actually a good situation for him and his unit to do well. They have nothing to lose. I mean, he might as well draw-up a couple of plays where he sends all 11 guys. Hey, why not?

The perception out there is that this group of has-beens and never-weres can’t possibly be coached up. Let me tell you, if there is one sport where coaching makes a huge difference, it is football. Marinelli can use this opportunity, and yes it’s an opportunity to really make a name for himself.

If Rod Marinelli is able to get this unit to make the odd play when it counts and hold the fort at the end of a few games, he has done his job. If his defense gets trampled every game and puts an enormous amount of pressure on the offense, oh well, that is what everybody is expecting anyways.


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