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Marinelli: Kiffin Will Play "Huge Role" in 2014

Monte Kiffin was demoted in favor of Rod Marinelli last month

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Marinelli: Kiffin Will Play "Huge Role" in 2014

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New defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli maintains that, despite being demoted this offseason, Monte Kiffin will play a significant role to the Dallas Cowboys defense this season.

“Huge role,” Marinelli said, per ESPN Dallas. “He'll be in there every day with us, film, working drills all those things. What a tremendous resource and great coach. Great coach. I've got great respect for him.”

Presumably one of the reasons Dallas was so quick to pull the trigger on Marinelli’s promotion was that, philosophically, he and Kiffin are very close. The two have worked together extensively, mostly in Tampa Bay, and Marinelli remains confident in Kiffin and the system.

“With me it's always about coach and player relationships,” Marinelli said. “It’s never just on the player. It's always on the coach and player about executing. And it's something each coach, each of us, looks at hard and you look at yourself. How do we get this thing better in terms of doing the little things? Our system is about doing the little things right. So we look at ourselves as teachers. No. 1, how do we become better teachers? How do we get the information across and keep developing these players.”

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