Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Rod Marinelli Staying In Dallas

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: The Bucs filled their defensive coordinator vacancy with Leslie Frazier yesterday, Jerry Jones says the Cowboys will stick with the 4-3 defense, and "all thumbs are up" on Tony Romo after his surgery.

Bucs hire Frazier as defensive coordinator - Tampa Bay Times
Bucs coach Lovie Smith hired former Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator, putting to rest any speculation about the Cowboys' Rod Marinelli possibly moving to Tampa.

Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, a friend of Smith's, also was a candidate for the Bucs defensive coordinator position. But he has two years left on his contract, and Dallas had no intention of letting Marinelli go to Tampa Bay.

Reports: Cowboys don't allow Rod Marinelli to leave - DMN
Turns out that as the Bucs had never even formally requested an interview. So we had been collectively been pulling our hair out over nothing?

Jerry Jones: Cowboys Will Stick With 4-3 - CBS DFW
Jones' answer was an emphatic "no" when asked if Dallas would consider switching back to the 3-4 on 105.3 The Fan on Friday.

Jerry Jones: Tony Romo’s back surgery ‘was not dramatic’; ‘All thumbs are up on Tony’ - Jon Machota, DMN
Jerry Jones was his ever-optimistic self when he talked to 105.3 the fan about Tony Romo yesterday.

"He got the kind of immediate relief that you would want him to get," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "And as I’ve said, the nature of his injury and the nature of what it took to repair it, if you will, was not dramatic. It was not something that would give you concern on a going forward basis, so all thumbs are up on Tony."

Report: Redskins To Interview Rich Bisaccia For Head Coach Spot - Blogging The Boys
In kind of a surprise move, the Redskins are poking around the Cowboys coaching staff for a head coach candidate.

Dallas Cowboys' Tyron Smith Named Second-Team All-Pro - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys offensive line cornerstone is starting to receive his just dues from the public.

Word of Muth: Elimination - Football Outsiders
Ben Muth takes his final look at the Cowboys offensive line and walks us through a detailed analysis of every player on the line. As usual, it's required reading, and Muth closes with the following summary:

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the Cowboys offensive line this year. Considering the state of offensive line play in the league, I’d think you could easily slot Dallas into the upper half of offensive lines and I would push for the top 10. Considering where they have been in recent years, I think that has to be encouraging for Dallas fans.

Mailbag: What New Players Can Be Expected On Defense? DallasCowboys.com
We don't usually link to the DC mailbag post, but today we do. Because Nick Eatman and David Helman both think Anthony Spencer could be back with the Cowboys in 2014.

Injury Review: Plenty of hamstrings - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins reports that the Cowboys lost 77 games to player injuries in 2013, including 23 to hamstring problems.

For your reference, the DMN's Rick Gosselin does a similar tally each season (though I don't know if Gosselin's and Watkins' methodology are the same), and he had the Cowboys with 71 games lost in 2012.

Murray fined $21,000 for illegal hit - Rainer Sabin, DMN
DeMarco Murray was fined $21,000 for leading with the crown of his helmet in the game against the Eagles. Murray leveled 286 lb DE Damion Square, but was not penalized on the play. Here's a gif of the hit:

Philadelphia Eagles to use undercover officers to deter Eagles fans - ProFootballTalk
For the wildcard game this weekend, undercover cops will be dressed in Saints gear as a deterrent to Eagles fans intent on creating trouble. No surprise whatsoever, as Eagles fans continue doing all they can to cement every single negative stereotype about them.

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