Eight days after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had guaranteed immunity for his pair of coordinators, both suffered demotions on Tuesday. The Cowboys promoted their defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, to defensive coordinator in the wake of demoting Monte Kiffin to an assistant head coaching role. Marinelli excelled in the role under Lovie Smith in Chicago from 2010-2012, as the Bears were one of the most efficient defensive units during that span. However, Marinelli will have a more difficult time in Dallas without the services of guys like Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers, and Charles Tillman.
As for the other side of the ball, the merry go ’round of offensive play callers has a new horse: Scott Linehan. Linehan served as Matthew Stafford’s liason from 2009-2013 and wasn’t shy about letting ‘Staff air it out, as Stafford compiled an average of 4,885 yards and 675 pass attempts over the last three seasons. While that may be good news for Tony Romo’s fantasy ceiling, it doesn’t exactly add up to getting the Cowboys out of the basement, where they have missed the playoffs each of the last four years.
Last year’s offensive coordinator, Bill Callahan, suffers a demotion to the offensive line after just one year as OC. Need I say that’s typical Jerry Jones-Cowboys culture. Callahan is obviously not pleased and is reportedly set to seek work elsewhere.
Think of the Cowboys franchise like a game of Jenga. They both begin by stacking piece by piece, while the rest of those watching can’t help but brace for the inevitable collapse.
The only real difference between a game of Jenga and the Cowboys is that in a game of jenga you use wood blocks to build a foundation, whereas the Cowboys seemingly use weightless objects that float away into the wind after the pieces crumble.