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January 28, 2014

All official: Cowboys make Kiffin assistant HC/defense, Marinelli def coordinator, Linehan playcaller and keep Callahan

The Cowboys elevated Monte Kiffin to assistant head coach/defense, elevated Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator, hired Scott Linehan to be passing game coordinator and play-caller and announced that Bill Callahan will remain as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

The team made the announcement in an email Tuesday night.

It provided this statement from head coach Jason Garrett:

“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. 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.”

Linehan is a former head coach in the NFL, with the St. Louis Rams in 2006-08, and was offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions the last five seasons.

Marinelli spent last season as the defensive line coach for the Cowboys. In 2012, he was the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. That year, the Bears led the NFL in interceptions (24) and takeaways (44).

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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