Jason Hatcher knows what’s expected in Rod Marinelli’s scheme

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The Cowboys are transitioning from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme on defense, and on paper, it appears they have they personnel to make the change work. For starters, they look set at defensive end. Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware would thrive in any scheme, and Anthony Spencer comes off his best pass rushing season (11 sacks).

The cupboard isn’t bare at defensive tackle, either, with four-time Pro Bowler Jay Ratliff one starter.  Then there’s Jason Hatcher, who figures to play inside in the new scheme — one where he’s not to lack for chances to get upfield and get after the quarterback, as he told DallasCowboys.com in a story published Friday.

“You’ve got to reprogram yourself from reading to attacking and getting off the ball,” Hatcher said of the 4-3, according to the club’s website. “It’s all predicated on you getting off the ball. The quicker you get off the ball, you cause havoc, you make plays.”

Hatcher also noted he’s been in constant contact with new defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

“If you’re sitting back, reading stuff, that’s not what he wants,” Hatcher said of Marinelli’s scheme, per DallasCowboys.com.

The 30-year-old Hatcher has already proven he can play end in a 3-4 front, and he’s notched a respectable 8.5 combined sacks in the last two seasons. If he takes well to the Cowboys’ new scheme, he could position himself well next offseason, when he’s scheduled to become a free agent. Versatile defensive linemen who can create some pass rush pressure tend to be able to find work.

13 responses to “Jason Hatcher knows what’s expected in Rod Marinelli’s scheme

  1. The only problem with being good on defense is, that eventually you’ll make it possible for the offense to play, and in Big D, that means……(shudder)……….ROMO. The bright side there is that in a few short plays, the defense will be back on the field.

  2. seaeagle707 says:
    Jun 28, 2013 7:00 PM
    The only problem with being good on defense is, that eventually you’ll make it possible for the offense to play, and in Big D, that means……(shudder)……….ROMO. The bright side there is that in a few short plays, the defense will be back on the field.
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    Cowboys offense was rated 6th over all last season..

  3. Did I miss a story? I thought Monte Kiffin was the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator.

  4. Just as a heads up Monte Kiffin is the defensive coordinator and Rod Marinelli is just the defensive line coach, should probably correct that.

  5. “Hatcher also noted he’s been in constant contact with new defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.”

    Marinelli. is not D coordinator Monti Kiffen is

    Rod is defensive line coach. Former Bears defensive coordinator

  6. Love the whole romo = turnovers. It would be such a heartbreak when these idiots who know a grand total o zero about football actually used facts. Facts show that over the same proud of time as a starter brees both mannings Vick and basically most of the Nfl’s starting qbs aside from Brady and Rodgers all have thrown more interceptions. Wow interesting isn’t it maybe he isn’t quite the turnover machine now is he. But since none of these jobless high school drop outs use fact or logic romo = turnovers

  7. It remains to be seen how Hatcher and Ratliff perform in the 4-3, but it certainly would appear they are going to be a good fit at DT in this scheme.

    I believe adding Rod Marinelli will prove to be the most impactful move of the off season.

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