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Marinelli expected to join Kiffin in Dallas


New Bears coach Marc Trestman just mentioned that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli had chosen to leave the team.

And Marinelli apparently has a destination in mind.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Marinelli is expected to go to Dallas to join the staff of new Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Marinelli was the line coach on Kiffin’s defensive staff in Tampa Bay, and their background should help in their transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3.

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28 Responses to “Marinelli expected to join Kiffin in Dallas”
  1. seamhereseamthere says: Jan 17, 2013 1:30 PM

    Dallas about to sign Rhonde Barber, John Lynch, and Warren “Lost my ring” Sapp next?

  2. milkmandanimal says: Jan 17, 2013 1:31 PM

    Because when you have a couple of highly-paid corners who excel at man coverage, it’s most definitely time to recreate the Tampa-2, which is a defense where you play zone and you don’t actually need really good corners.

  3. danno1212 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:34 PM

    Damn! no Cover Who?

  4. cowboyhater says: Jan 17, 2013 1:43 PM

    Did you hear that Shanahan? Please go back to the 4-3. This 3-4 thing is just not working out. Orakpo, and Kerrigan would love to put their hands into the ground. They just don’t play well in space.

  5. beardown4life says: Jan 17, 2013 1:47 PM

    Sucks to see you go, but I believe if Bears are to really move forward this move has to be. Better days are still ahead in Chicago.

  6. jagerbmb says: Jan 17, 2013 1:51 PM

    Monte Kiffin & Rod Marinelli > Rob Ryan

  7. manofsteel22 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:53 PM

    This would be HUGE for Dallas.

  8. coltzfan166 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:54 PM

    Damn, is anyone else starting to get a little scared of Dallas, assuming Romo doesn’t screw things up?

  9. larryboodry says: Jan 17, 2013 1:57 PM

    Marinelli was mad ’cause the Bears fired his boyfriend Lovie…Wait’ll Smith gets a HC gig next year, see how fast Marinelli kicks Kiffen and the Cowboys to the curb.

  10. justintuckrule says: Jan 17, 2013 1:59 PM

    At the risk of sounding like an Eagles’ fan getting all giddy about next season and proclaiming that we’re guaranteed to win the Super Bowl before February even hits, I must say that things really are looking up for the Giants.

    1) Philly – new coaching staff led by Andy Reid’s clone minus the stache but plus a hat with the top cut out. Who knows how that’ll go.

    2) Wash – RGIII’s health.

    3) Dallas’ new DCs who are so old that they have the same knowledge of the 43 defense as who had a hit record in 43′.

    On the flip side, the Giants are returning the same staff they’ve had for eons, most starters, a healthy Nicks and will finally be benefiting from something other than the 1st place schedule. That little shoulder chip will be back in full force too.

  11. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 17, 2013 2:02 PM

    Rather have Lovie Smith helping implement the 4-3 but Marinelli is probably the next best thing.

  12. asublimeday says: Jan 17, 2013 2:08 PM

    I wish him a thousand failures

  13. mikebrownbears30 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:16 PM

    If the Boys’ struggle again next year, maybe Lovie takes the HC in Dallas. But what difference does it make as long as Jerry is the GM? I am so grateful that Jerry has such an overblown ego. As an NFC fan, we automatically cross the Cowboys off of our list of potential NFC Champions at year end, because the Cowboys will linger in Jerry Jones ego purgatory until he relinquishes. RIP Al Davis, your business model lives on in your clone Jerry Jones. Thanks, Jerry, for reducing the field of threats to make the playoffs every year by one team!

  14. 1stngoal says: Jan 17, 2013 2:18 PM

    I think this change will also benefit Jason Ratliff who is more of a penetrating style of defensive lineman.

  15. smoochytherhino says: Jan 17, 2013 2:57 PM

    Wow have to wonder now whether Urlacher has played his last down in Chicago, or in the NFL, for that matter.

    It will be very interesting (at least for us Bears fans) to see who replaces Marinelli. Those dogs on defense are pretty old to be learning new tricks. Hopefully they will stick it out with a similar defense at least for a couple more years while they can still be effective.

  16. 1985bears says: Jan 17, 2013 2:59 PM

    I just don’t get it… Staying loyal to Lovie by quitting on the players that were loyal to you? Trestman was given the nod, in part, because he wanted Marinelli to stay.

  17. 2difshoe says: Jan 17, 2013 3:04 PM

    manofsteel22 says:
    Jan 17, 2013 1:53 PM

    This would be HUGE for Dallas.


    As a Bear fan, you won’t like Marinelli’s defense in the last 2 minutes of a close game.

  18. vmannj says: Jan 17, 2013 3:13 PM

    @1stngoal….except his name is JAY Ratliff, not Jason. But I understand your point. Asking an under-sized NT to occupy 2 gaps is a stretch for Ratliff at his age. He made a few Pro Bowls using his quickness when he was younger, but those are over.

    Having DWare drop in coverage took him away from his strength. A 4-3 defense will allow him to move forward on every step, instead of worrying about coverage responsibilities.

    I also think putting 2 wide bodies in front of Sean Lee to take up gaps will free him up to make more plays in space. Overall the move to a 4-3 makes a lot of sense for Dallas.

  19. thalonewolf says: Jan 17, 2013 3:27 PM

    Should make the transition to the Tampa 2 easier now that another coach with familiarity is involved.

  20. milesrunner262 says: Jan 17, 2013 3:57 PM

    2difshoe…I already didn’t trust our defense with 2 minutes to go in a close game so it won’t be hard to keep that going 🙂

  21. ppc50 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:20 PM

    I like the move and, hopefully, the defense will stay healthy and improve. That being said, the Cowboys still need an offensive coordinator and, in my dreams, a new head coach. Garrett is terrible.

  22. watchdawg1103 says: Jan 17, 2013 6:21 PM

    I actually like this for helping the pass rush, which has been nonexistent in Dallas for a while outside of Ware. Any QB can burn our secondary with so much time to throw and no pressure.

  23. jsrdc says: Jan 17, 2013 6:37 PM


    Did you happen to see Spencer’s stats this year? He pretty much excelled in pass rushing (career highs in sacks and tackles), and was second only to ware in sacks with 11. Unless he isn’t brought back, he and a healthy Ware should be dominant again, and Spencer also excels at stopping the run. Time will tell, but the Dallas D will be improved this off-season in both the secondary and the D-line.

  24. watchdawg1103 says: Jan 17, 2013 9:54 PM

    @jsrdc you are right. Spencer did have a good year and this defense may help them improve. Now we just need to work on that offensive line and play calling and we may be able to show some promise next year (I hate always saying maybe next year).

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:04 PM

    1 step forward, 6 steps back. What a mess.

  26. larryboodry says: Jan 18, 2013 1:37 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:04 PM

    “1 step forward, 6 steps back. What a mess.”

    I must commend you for continuing your tireless quest to let no Bears thread go by without talking trash, even after most of your fellow Packer fans have gone on with their lives.

    Go Bears!

  27. trollaikman8 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:44 PM


    He may have been subconsciously thinking Jason Hatcher, who should also benefit, but now here I am speculating over petty things.

  28. rstew22 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:50 PM

    All that Jerry needs to do now is fire Garrett bring in a o coordinator and bring in gruden as head coach and they will have one hell of a coaching staff. Since 2007 Garrett has sucked as all of his coaching jobs enough is enough let the idiot go Jerry he sucks

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