Jul 21, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Rod Marinelli at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Marinelli To The Rescue For Dallas Cowboys


After all the records the Dallas defense set last year I thought it would be a no-brainer that Kiffin would be out of here.

And good riddance.

As the days turned into weeks I thought that we were going to have to endure another year of Kiffin at the helm.

Good news finally came.

It seems as if Rod Marinelli will be taking over the Cowboys defense as Kiffin has received a demotion by promotion. Assistant Head Coach sounds nice, but I’m assuming it’s all title with no actual authority.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how the Cowboys would do well to focus almost exclusively on the defensive side of the ball in this year’s draft. Having Marinelli on board had me feeling confident that at the least he might pitch a fit as to getting his say in some rookie defensive lineman headed to Dallas. Now that he has completely taken the reins, I feel that not only the defensive line, but the entire defense, might be getting a facelift due to the change of authority.

Seems almost ridiculous to hand the keys over to a guy with so much experience and success and not give him absolute say as to what needs to be done on defense.

The news is good of Marinelli’s promotion, and with such a deep draft this April the potential is good for some strong newcomers onto the football field.

Too bad Jones doesn’t know how to take care of cap space because with names like Orakpo and Melton on the market, who knows the damage Marinelli could do.

All I know is that if I have to sit through another season of Jeff Heath and B.W. Webb running around in circles I’ll die.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Monte Kiffin Rod Marinelli

  • GoalLineStan

    Make no mistake, Marinelli’s job is on the line as well as or even more than Garrett’s. His defensive line coaching this past season was masterful. But now, he’s got the entire defense. If he can’t motivate that side of the ball the way he did the linemen, and make them win football games, then his tenure will, no doubt, go the way of Rob Ryan’s.

  • Old Frog

    I’m saying the same about Linehan. Hoping he pitches a fit to draft some more OL.

  • nick

    Lets get Aaron donald

  • Jack Farguson

    Marinelli was here last year. I hope all of the coaches learned form their downfall,