Thursday July 17th, 2014

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said the Dallas Cowboys made a good choice to install Rod Marinelli as defensive coordinator in place of Monte Kiffin.

Speaking on Fox Sports 1, Urlacher supported Marinelli's experience running the Tampa-2 defense, which Kiffin created. From Pro Football Talk:

“They’re going to be better because last year they were so bad,” Urlacher said on FOX Sports. “They didn’t run any Cover-2 last year. Monte Kiffin was calling the defense, it wasn’t my man Rod Marinelli, who is going to be calling the defense this year, so it will be a lot of Cover-2.”

The Cowboys demoted Kiffin to assistant head coach and gave Marinelli control of the defense after the Cowboys had the worst defensive season in the NFL in 2013. Dallas gave up the most yards and second-most points in franchise history en route to finishing 8-8. Marinelli had been the team's defensive line coach.

Dallas lost defensive end DeMarcus Ware to the Denver Broncos in the offseason. Linebacker Sean Lee will miss the season after tearing his left ACL.

MORE: Offseason Report Card: Cowboys

- Paul Palladino

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