The coach best known for presiding over an 0-16 season is trying to carve a new niche.
Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli has changed the name of his position group to “rushmen,” because the goal of the group is to get to the quarterback.
“That’s what we have to do,” Marinelli said Saturday, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “In the four-man front, you try to identify a position or men with one thing they got to be able to do, and that’s that. It’s very clear.
“It’s all part of what we are. We make sure we understand it and we just go on from there.”
Stopping the run is part of what they are, too. And if the defensive line is too one-dimensional, that can be a problem.
Marinelli used the same term for the Bears’ defensive line in Chicago. Over the last four years in which Marinelli had that job, the Bears had 10 fewer sacks than the Cowboys.
[Photo credit: Dallas Morning News.]