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Melton on Marinelli's System: "It's Fun"

Henry Melton knows Rod Marinelli well from their days in Chicago



    There’s no great mystery as to why Henry Melton loves working with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

    It was under Marinelli that Melton went to his first and only Pro Bowl in 2012, while both were in Chicago. That year, he had 44 tackles, six sacks and a pair of forced fumbles in 14 games.

    "The under tackle in Marinelli's scheme is very disruptive," Melton said, per ESPN Dallas. "It's fun. Not a lot of people can do it. You have to be very athletic to make plays when doing it, but it's fun. It's never wrong when you’re trying to rush the passer, you're never wrong when you're being physical. It's something that I know and trust and I believe in."

    Which is to say, Melton comes into Dallas with a pretty good idea of what Marinelli expects of him--namely, finding a way to effectively rush the passer while opposing offenses key on him.

    “That's what the position demands,” Melton said. “It doesn't matter. I was part of a great defense (in Chicago). I had a lot of Hall of Famers, future Hall of Famers on my team but I still have a bullseye playing that position. For the defense to be successful, the three technique has to do his job and be very disruptive.”

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