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September 23, 2013

Kiffin believes Marinelli has a knack for coaching cast-offs like George Selvie

The Cowboys got another sack out of George Selvie, a defensive end plucked off the street during training camp to help the Cowboys just have enough bodies for practice.

Selvie has turned into a starter and contributor. His sack against the Rams on Sunday was his third in three games.

Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said defensive line coach Rod Marinelli has a way of squeezing something out of the players he’s given.

“You know, he did it with Greg Spires, who was cut twice, on the Super Bowl team in 2002. Simeon Rice was let go by the Arizona Cardinals. You just never know. And Nick Hayden is the example at nose tackle, playing his tail off,” Kiffin said. “These are guys who were cut by other teams. I think one of them was home watching the sitcoms or something on the couch. I love coaching guys like that. Rod and I both do. We love taking guys like that – free agents, whether it be draft picks coming out of college or let go by other teams. We definitely look at people like that.”

Kiffin said Marinelli also has a way of getting top performance from top players like DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher. He said Marinelli has a meticulous style of preparing players.

“When players get a chance to play for Coach Marinelli, it’s an unbelievable experience,” Kiffin said. “He shows tapes and tapes and goes through every single move they can make and how to set it up, read the blocks, read the back and the whole bit. And they went out, and they executed it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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