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February 21, 2014

Stephen Jones: Rod Marinelli having final say, rather than deferring to Kiffin, to make big difference

The Cowboys believe they have already taken steps toward improving their team with the changes they made on the coaching staff last month.

The highlights were the hiring of former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan as the passing game coordinator and play caller, demoting Bill Callahan from offensive coordinator/play caller/offensive line coach to run game coordinator/offensive line coach, demoting Monte Kiffin from defensive coordinator to assistant head coach defense and promoting defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator.

The Cowboys will now have three different play callers and three different defensive coordinators in three years.

"I would rather have stability if you asking me that," vice-president Stephen Jones said. "But when you are not getting the job done then you make tweaks to try to get better."

Jones said the decision on defense with Marinelli over Kiffin was predicated by performance, considering the Cowboys gave up more yards and more first downs than any team in team history.

And while Marinelli had a lot input last year because of his close relationship with Kiffin, Jones believe his having final say will make a huge difference in 2014.

 "I think at the end of the day Monte had the final say and Rod deferred to Monte," Jones said. "There is some respect there. No different than me and Jerry. Now we have changed that. There is no deferring to Monte. Rod has final say. Rod is truly the defensive coordinator."

 Clarence Hill


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