Cowboys struggled in 2013, Jerry Jones responds by hiring more coaches

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan struggled during the 2013 season.

What was owner Jerry Jones’ solution?

Hire two more coaches.

Dallas officially announced Rod Marinelli, who coached the Cowboys’ defensive line in 2013, has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Kiffin has been demoted to assistant head coach/defense.

Meanwhile, Dallas hired Scott Linehan, who recently served as Detroit’s offensive coordinator, as the team’s passing game coordinator and play-caller. Callahan has been stripped of his play-calling duties.

Talk about too many chefs in one kitchen.

"Rod Marinelli’s production in terms of creating turnovers and changing field position as a defensive coordinator is well documented," Garrett said in a news release (via "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. 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."

Only in Dallas.

Dallas’ defense allowed 415.3 yards per game (worst in the NFL), plus 27 points per game (26th overall). Instead of firing Kiffin, Jones is keeping the coach on staff as opposed to admitting he made the wrong decision by letting defensive coordinator Rob Ryan go after the 2012 season. Ryan landed in New Orleans, and created one of the NFL’s top defensive units.

Meanwhile, Linehan currently holds the job that Callahan was given after coach Jason Garrett was stripped of those duties. Jones is not ready to admit he made a mistake by hiring Garrett. Instead, he continues to hire coaches to perform Garrett’s job.

The soap opera in Dallas will never end.

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