Rod Marinelli, Cowboys hope to keep Kris Richard

AP

Rod Marinelli doesn’t need the credit or accolades anymore. He’s earned respect as a defensive coordinator and will never get another shot at being a head coach.

So Marinelli, 69, has been effusive in his praise of Kris Richard, while letting the team’s defensive passing game coordinator share the reins.

Richard remains a candidate for the Dolphins’ head coaching job, but Marinelli said he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Richard from leaving.

“I’ve always looked at my responsibility being No. 1, how do we make our defense the best? Not what’s best for me, what’s best for the defense?” Marinelli said. “Each guy brought something special to the table I felt, that I really liked. We worked really well together. One of my other jobs, that I really believe in, is to help develop men to go out and lead organizations. That’s important to me. Then they’ll be able to contribute faster to what we’re at when they’ve got that ownership. You see it. Both of these guys, [Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus] Flu and him. You can see it. And that’s what I want.”

The Texans promoted Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator in 2017 and made Romeo Crennel the assistant head coach. But that was to keep Vrabel from leaving for another defensive coordinator job. Vrabel became the Titans’ head coach a year ago, with Crennel moving back into the defensive coordinator role with the Texans this season.

The Cowboys can’t do much if the Dolphins offer Richard their head coaching job. They could offer him more money and the title of defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator, but it’s not a head coaching job.

If Richard wants to become a head coach and believes he can win in Miami, then he should go.

But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (and Bill Parcells) convinced Sean Payton to remain in Dallas in 2004 instead of going to the Raiders as a head coach. Deciding Oakland wasn’t the right fit, Payton finally left the Cowboys in 2006 for the Saints job.

“To me, [Richard] is a head coach; he just hasn’t been hired yet,” Marinelli said. “But he is a head coach. That’s what he is. He’s a head coach. We’re just waiting for him to get the right job.”

13 responses to “Rod Marinelli, Cowboys hope to keep Kris Richard

  1. I hope Miami offer the job to him. He has a lot of experience on the defense side, and if you ever watch them play you know where there issues are, of course the QB is the main problem. Bill

  2. Dude is Not leaving all this talent Young talent on the biggest stage on earth for miami the train wreck dolphins!
    With him here we will be in contention for the Championship every year! Jerry knows this and so does Kris!

  3. I don’t want this man to go anywhere. As previously mentioned, it would be great if he would take Red J’s job and then kick Linehan to the curb and find someone innovative on the offensive side of the ball.

  4. Remember how many points Romo put up with Scott as the O.C? Can’t believe everyone keeps saying the O.C is the issue. It’s Dak that’s the issue he can’t read a defense and he can’t throw a WR open. Watch last game he lead every WR out of bounds with the pass. Give it up early and let them turn up the field. Only thing holding this team back is the QB position!!!

  5. umakenosense says:
    January 10, 2019 at 5:22 pm
    Remember how many points Romo put up with Scott as the O.C? Can’t believe everyone keeps saying the O.C is the issue. It’s Dak that’s the issue he can’t read a defense and he can’t throw a WR open. Watch last game he lead every WR out of bounds with the pass. Give it up early and let them turn up the field. Only thing holding this team back is the QB position!!!

    Remember when Dak was Rookie Of The Year he had Romo as a qb coach. Moore is THE problem. Get Dak a Genuine qb coach and he will turn into a legend. He already has 15 game wining drives in 3 years. 9 fourth quarter comebacks. He is clutch. And his record speaks for it self! but hey carry on with the hate. your scred.

  6. Why do fans always pull out the “he can’t read defense” criticism on QBs? How do you play in the NFL and not know how to read coverages? It just always sounds like a parroted nonsensical talking point people repeat. Even backup QBs can read defenses in the NFL people. It’s about reaction time, ability to operate under stress, and at the same time the ability to avoid mistakes. But if I hear one more person say a QB in the NFL, let a lone a starter, can’t read defenses, I’m going to scream.

  7. From the rumors swirling around Dolphins HQ – Ross & Grier have already “hired”
    Richard with a handshake & wink, their both just waiting on Dallas to finish up the season
    to make it official.

  8. I can guarantee if Richard becomes the HC in Miami – Tannehill will NOT be on the roster very long!
    He’ll get traded for a ham sandwich & houseplant or released !

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