All The Right Moves: Marinelli Named Cowboys Defensive Coordinator

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Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys also announced the hiring of former Detroit Lions’ coordinator Scott Linehan as their new offensive playcaller on Tuesday. Linehan’s offenses have ranked sixth or better in the NFL the past three seasons. He also has a strong connection with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett as he gave him his first coaching job with the Miami Dolphins in 2005. Linehan is known for an aggressive style of offense, with a focus on the passing game. Many wonder how this philosophy will fit into the timing offense Dallas has employed the past few seasons with a bigger emphasis on the running game last year.

Despite the new offensive coach, Callahan will remain offensive coordinator and line coach. Widely considered one of the main reasons Dallas’ offensive line has improved the past couple seasons, Callahan’s role as coordinator has been comprised. And reports out of Valley Ranch indicate his isn’t very happy about it either. But Callahan is under contract this season and it appears will remain with the team. The Cleveland Browns have apparently been monitoring the situation and have rumored to express interest in hiring him as their offensive coordinator. Even to the point of requesting Dallas allow Callahan to interview for the job. But the Cowboys allegedly rejected that request.

Many might argue there are just too many cooks in the kitchen here. But I think of it as more of a disciplinary move by Dallas. Callahan and Kiffin didn’t do there jobs last season and now they are paying for it. I expect both coaches to be gone by the end of the 2014 season. And I fully expect Linehan and Marinelli to get the Cowboys over the hump this year and into the playoffs again. Dallas seemed to be make all the right moves here. Let’s hope that tradition continues into the draft.

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