So far this week, the Dallas Cowboys have hired a new play-caller in Scott Linehan, their third in as many years, demoted Monte Kiffin and promoted defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator. That’s quite a lot of shuffling, but head coach Jason Garrett doesn’t believe the moves mean there’s no sense of continuity at Valley Ranch.
"We believe in continuity and if you look at the offensive system, it's been in place for seven years," Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. "The transition to Scott will really be relatively smooth. I think that's a positive thing for our players, as is his experience and what he'll bring. We view that as a positive. We think this will be a smooth transition and bring some positive elements that come when you have a new coach and some of the things he can bring to the table.
"I think the same thing on defense. The system, the transition happened last year from the 3-4 to the 4-3 and Monte was such an important part of that transition with Rod and the rest of the defensive staff. The system is in place and we'll continue to grow. Roles change but freshness is viewed as a positive.”
There’s still no word on what offensive coordinator Bill Callahan’s role will be with Linehan in town, but the Cowboys seem determined to keep him around for whatever reason. Just this week, the Cleveland Browns reportedly asked for permission to interview him, but the Cowboys denied them.
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