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There has been a coaching change on the defensive side for the Dallas Cowboys. Monte Kiffin was named assistant head coach/defense on Tuesday night, while Rod Marinelli was promoted to defensive coordinator.
The Cowboys switched from the 3-4 to the 4-3 scheme with the hiring of Kiffin last year but finished last in the NFL in defense, allowed the most yards in franchise history and the second-most points in franchise history. The Cowboys hope Marinelli will have the same impact he had running the Chicago Bears’ defense from 2010-12.
Jason Garrett stated, “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.”