Jason Garrett explains Kiffin's new role

January, 28, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys love titles. They might not mean much, but they love titles.

Monte Kiffin was named the assistant head coach/defense on Tuesday night. Rod Marinelli will be the defensive coordinator.

Coach Jason Garrett said Kiffin will continue to have a "significant role."

But what does that really mean for Kiffin?

"He's going to be at every meeting, every practice, every game," Garrett said. "He's going to be completely involved in this and again viewing it from a little different perspective than he had last year. One of the things we're confident about is the fact that he and Rod work so well together. The roles will be a little bit different but having (Kiffin) coaching the coaches, coaching the players is a positive."

But make no mistake about it, this is Marinelli's defense. The game plan will be Marinelli's. The in-game adjustments will fall on Marinelli.

If Kiffin is the father of the Tampa 2 scheme, then Marinelli is the uncle. In his three years as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, Marinelli's defenses forced the most fumbles (59), intercepted the third-most passes (65) and scored the most defensive touchdowns (13) while allowing the fourth-fewest points (904).

"Rod will be in that defensive coordinator position and have all the responsibilities that coordinator job has and we're excited to have him in role," Garrett said. "He's been a defensive line coach, been a head coach, been a coordinator and we're excited to get him back in that role and have Kiff in the other role on the defensive staff. It can be good."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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