The additions of Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli this offseason seem to be working out pretty well. The defense is leading the NFC in sacks with 14 through three games and are ninth in the NFL in points allowed per game--this after spending the offseason installing a whole new defense.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has been outspoken in his excitement over the additions ever since they arrived, but three games into the Kiffin-Marinelli era, Jones actually says they’ve been better than he could’ve expected.
“It’s exceeded anything that I might have expected, my expectations, both from the standpoint of the enthusiasm, the overall aura around the team as well as the technical aspects of it,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan on Friday, per ESPN Dallas.
That said, Jones doesn’t want head coach Jason Garrett to be lost in all this praise for the architects of the new defense.
“The guy that I want to point out that is the one that is the leader and is basically really a motivator that might surprise a lot of people is Jason Garrett,” Jones said. “Jason really has a way of communicating. He has a way of setting expectations. He certainly can use the fact that he’s new, it’s fresh for him as far as his career is concerned. He’s not that far removed from having played. All of that is a plus for us. This team is getting a big gain from Jason Garrett’s motivational ability.”
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