Rod Marinelli, Monte Kiffin reunite

Updated: January 18, 2013, 10:41 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Rod Marinelli has been named the Dallas Cowboys' new defensive line coach, the team announced Friday night.

Marinelli, at Valley Ranch on Friday, will reunite with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, whom he worked with for 10 years in Tampa Bay before Marinelli took over as head coach in Detroit in 2006.

Marinelli had been Chicago's defensive coordinator since 2010, but was allowed to move on when the Bears named Marc Trestman their new coach earlier this week. In a way, the Cowboys swapped special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who added the assistant head coach title in Chicago, for Marinelli because both remained under contract.

From 1996 to 2005, Tampa Bay's defensive line, led mostly by Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice, had an NFL-high 328.5 sacks. In Marinelli's three years as Chicago's defensive coordinator, the Bears' defensive line had 88 sacks.

Marinelli replaces Brian Baker, who joined the Cowboys in 2011 but was let go after the season.

With the San Diego Chargers keeping most of their defensive staff, the Cowboys are also expected to keep Matt Eberflus as linebackers coach. Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry, who is Marinelli's son in-law, coached under Kiffin at Tampa Bay and Southern California.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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