Rod Marinelli Named Defensive Coordinator by Cowboys

January 29, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Dallas Cowboys have found a new defensive coordinator, promoting former defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to the position.
ESPN's Todd Archer reports that Marinelli will replace Monte Kiffin, who was named an assistant head coach.
America's Team must fix their putrid defense from this past season, which finished at the bottom of the NFL in total yards allowed per game (415.3) and was 30th against the pass, 27th versus the run and 26th in points allowed.
Not much positivity to draw from, but head coach Jason Garrett feels confident in the tweaks made, explaining the decision to promote Marinelli to The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota:
Marinelli was the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2010 through 2012. In his final season with the Bears, they led the league with 44 takeaways, ranked fifth in total defense and third in scoring defense.
Creating turnovers was not a problem for the Cowboys this past season, though, as they managed a respectab...

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