Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has made his first hire, deciding to keep defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson on staff. Henderson joined the Cowboys staff last season, having previously worked with former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Cleveland.
The Cowboys could make a big splash by getting Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach. The Bears had hoped to retain Marinelli after firing head coach Lovie Smith, but Marinelli decided to leave, according to new Bears coach Marc Trestman. Marinelli was an assistant coach with the Bucs for 10 seasons under Kiffin. Smith served as the linebackers coach during his stint under Kiffin in Tampa.
Marinelli was 10–38 as the Lions head coach from 2006-08. He has spent the past four seasons with the Bears, the last three as defensive coordinator.
Running backs coach Skip Peete, who was not retained by the Cowboys, has found a job. He is leaving for Chicago.
The Cowboys are looking for a tight ends coach and a running backs coach. They could retain linebackers coach Matt Eberflus. Current tight ends coach John Garrett is expected to depart the staff, having been encouraged to seek employment elsewhere. He is interviewing for the head coaching job at the University of Delaware.
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