FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Trysten Hill spent part of his 21st birthday talking football with Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, about a month before the Cowboys made the former Central Florida...
Cowboys secondary coach Richard interviews with Dolphins
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard is the fourth candidate to interview for the Miami Dolphins' coaching job.
Fresh off his team's wild-card playoff win over Seattle, Richard met Sunday with the Dolphins. They earlier interviewed New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Cowboys trace top-5 defense to draft, starting with Lawrence
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli remembers the night the Cowboys traded up in the second round of the 2014 draft to grab DeMarcus Lawrence because they thought he was the last pass rusher on the board with the skills to become elite.
Four years and several significant draft decisions later, Dallas is in line for its highest defensive ranking since 2003, and on the verge of joining that Bill Parcells-coached team as a defense-first playoff qualifier.
Cowboys’ draft gamble paying off in emerging LB Jaylon Smith
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jaylon Smith makes himself presentable for the cameras, then turns to his locker to grab one last thing before starting an interview: the neck pad given to him by hard-nosed defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to acknowledge the Dallas linebacker's physical style of play.
Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence showing he’s no 1-year wonder
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — As DeMarcus Lawrence prepares to share the field with J.J. Watt for the first time in the regular season, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli figures it's time to say his best defensive end shares the elite company of the Houston Texans star.
Kellen Moore moving from player to QB coach for Cowboys
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Kellen Moore is the new quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys after spending the previous three seasons as the backup to Tony Romo and then Dak Prescott.
Moore's move is part of a significant overhaul to coach Jason Garrett's staff. Although offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli are returning, eight new coaches and two promotions were announced Friday.
Frisco, Texas — Owner Jerry Jones didn't sound like a man who feels the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff needs a major turnover.
Jones voiced his support of coach Jason Garrett and also backed offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, returning for the 2018 season during his radio show Tuesday.
Jones said he wanted Linehan, who formerly ran the Lions offense, and Marinelli, a former Lions head coach, to return.
Jerry Jones: Jason Garrett to return as Cowboys coach in ’18
DALLAS (AP) — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett will return for an eighth full season after Dallas missed the playoffs in a year marred by the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.
NFL sacks leaders see teammates as keys to bringing QBs down
DALLAS (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence lost his NFL lead in sacks when he didn't have one for the first time in eight games this season with the Cowboys.
The Dallas defensive end still said it was his best game of the year.
Packers: Defensive coordinator Dom Capers glad he doesn’t have to face Aaron Rodgers
GREEN BAY — Dom Capers could read counterpart Rod Marinelli’s mind Sunday afternoon.
The Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator was in the coaches booth high above the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. And while he would have preferred it if his guys had prevented the Dallas Cowboys’ final touchdown — an 11-yard Dak Prescott run with 1:13 left in regulation — he also knew that 73 seconds was an eternity for his team’s quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, to bail out the Packers.
Based on the miraculous rookie campaigns of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the hope that Dez Bryant can remain injury-free and once again be one of the best receivers in the game, and the best offensive line in football, the Dallas Cowboys are a popular pick to win the NFC.
Falcons OC Shanahan wins top assistant coach award
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on The Associated Press 2016 NFL awards (all times local):
Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has won the 2016 Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Cowboys open sparkling facility, try to focus on football
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Witten glanced overhead at a giant picture of him above the walkway to the new indoor practice stadium for the Dallas Cowboys.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli turned one way through a crowd of media members, only to reappear seconds later going the other way, not afraid to admit he was lost.
OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas defense figures to start the season with a cornerback as its career sacks leader, which explains why Rod Marinelli recently was asked if he can remember coaching so many inexperienced or unproven players.
And when someone suggested that he would prefer a batch of Pro Bowl pass rushers instead, the Cowboys defensive coordinator skipped the obvious one-word answer and said, “That we develop.”