The Dallas Cowboys announced today the hiring of Scott Linehan as the team's passing game coordinator. Linehan, a former head coach of the St. Louis Rams (2006-2008), was most recently the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions from 2009 to 2013. Linehan will also take on the role of being the Cowboys offensive play caller for the 2014 season. While in Detroit, Linehan directed an offensive unit that finished the past three seasons ranked sixth, third and fifth respectively in the NFL in total offense. Bill Callahan will again be the team's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 2014.
The team also announced today that Rod Marinelli will take on the duties of being the defensive coordinator, while Monte Kiffin has been named to the position of assistant head coach/defense.
Marinelli, the Cowboys defensive line coach in 2013, was most recently the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator under Lovie Smith from 2010 to 2012 where the Bears units finished ninth, 17th, and fifth, respectively. Also in 2012, the Bears led the NFL in interceptions (24) and takeaways (44) and were third in points allowed (17.3 points per game).
"Our responsibility is to bring quality people into our organization and find the best fit for them. That applies to players, and it applies to coaches," said head coach Jason Garrett. "Rod Marinelli’s production in terms of creating turnovers and changing field position as a defensive coordinator is well documented. Monte Kiffin's overall knowledge and understanding of this defensive scheme will be put to use in mentoring all of the players and coaches on the defensive side of the ball. Monte was brought here to direct a transition in philosophy to the 4-3 scheme, and he will continue to oversee the development of our defense in this scheme.”
“The opportunity to add someone of Scott Linehan's expertise and experience will benefit our offensive unit, and we believe the combination of him and Bill Callahan working closely together will give us a great chance to build upon the strides we made offensively last year.”