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Cowboys Re-sign Jason Garret and Rod Marinelli

After their devastating season ending loss Sunday, the Cowboys have decided to bring back both Jason Garret and Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli. There had been some speculation that Marinelli would join old coaching partner Love Smith in Tampa, but the Cowboys managed to lock him up for 3 years. I was generally concerned that Marinelli would leave because he put together a relatively successful defense given a team with a depleted linebacker core, a secondary with a horrible reputation, and a defensive line that was mediocre at best. I think going into the offseason the Cowboys need to lock up their important players (Dez, Demarco, McClain) and somehow make a splash defensively. It is out main weakness that has killed us during the season. As much as everyone (myself included) wants to blame the Des non-catch on why we lost, look at what our defense did. Aaron Rodgers on 1 leg was 24/35 for 306 yards. The Packets ran at will. 30 rushes for 119 yards, and it looked as if Eddie Lacy could have ran double that. Poor tackling, and no pressure on the QB was the true story of this game. I think Marinelli is what we need to continue building on a relatively successful year defensively. I think if we give Marinelli some more weapons, and definitely add pass rushers to take some pressure of our secondary we can become a top defense in the league. It has been the same story for the past couple of years, but seeing how our team ran this year with very little pass rush when it mattered, it is clear we need to add someone through free agency if we can, or through the draft.

We also locked up Jason Garrett for five years, and to me I could not be any happier. Before the season started I wanted Garrett gone. I was sick of the same old 8-8 season and I did not think Garrett would do anything to deserve to be back. And thankfully I was wrong. Garrett and his staff seemed to put it together to have the best season in a while, and a playoff win which is something Cowboys fans have been waiting for for a very long time. Garrett’s number one concern should be to lock up our coaches, because it made a difference this year. For the Cowboys this is not a season that is lost or a failure. Yes our ultimate goal is the Super Bowl, but going from being predicted at 3-13 to finishing up with the NFC East title, finishing the regular season 12-4, and beating the some very good teams. I am for one very excited to see how the off season goes, and what we will do to build on this season, so we can get our way to the goal of a Super Bowl Championship.

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