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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys decided one year with Monte Kiffin as defensive co-ordinator and Bill Callahan as play-caller was enough. Kiffin was demoted Tuesday in favour of defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, and Scott Linehan was hired as the passing game co-ordinator who will call plays. The staff shuffling -- the second in as many years -- comes after the Cowboys gave up the most yards in franchise history and finished last in the NFL in total defence and had their worst offensive output in yardage since 2005. "If you look at staffs around this league and rosters all around this league, theres change from year to year," Garrett told The Associated Press. "And the teams that embrace the change are the ones that have the most success and again we feel like from a system standpoint, the systems on offence and the systems on defence, remain in place." Kiffin and Marinelli came to Dallas together last year after the Cowboys fired defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan and decided to switch to a four-man front with three linebackers following nearly a decade in the 3-4 defence. Quarterback Tony Romo will have his third play-caller in as many seasons after Garrett had that role in 2012. There was even a change in the middle of this past season when Garrett reinserted himself by relaying the calls from Callahan to Romo. "Its not really a concern at all," Garrett said. "Weve had the same offensive system in place here for seven years. We feel like the transition will be really relatively smooth for everybody." Garrett is entering the final season of his contract and is coming off three consecutive 8-8 seasons that extended the clubs playoff drought to four straight years. Garrett said Callahan will remain on staff in 2014, also the final year of his contract. He will keep his titles of offensive co-ordinator and offensive line coach. "Just like you would with a player, guys are always in roles that tend to evolve and change," Garrett said. "If you have the right kind of guys on your team, they embrace those roles, understand the objective is to try to help our team first and foremost. Bill knows that." Linehan, the former St. Louis coach who was Detroits offensive co-ordinator the past five seasons, gave Garrett his first coaching job in the NFL in 2005 when he was offensive co-ordinator in Miami. Garrett was his quarterbacks coach that season. "He and I have a real comfort level with each other," Garrett said. "Philosophically, were on the same page. He has a comfort level with our system of football. The other thing hell bring is some new blood and some freshness to it." The Lions finished sixth or higher each of the past three years in total offence, while the Cowboys slipped to 16th, their lowest since 2002. While improving dramatically in takeaways on defence under Kiffin, the Cowboys gave up the first two 600-yard games in franchise history and surrendered 40 first downs for the first time in league history. Their 6,645 yards allowed were almost 1,000 more than the previous club record from 2012. Garrett said Kiffin, who will turn 74 next month, will serve more as a mentor who will "help coach coaches and coach players" after spearheading the transition to the 4-3 defence. Marinelli was Chicagos defensive co-ordinator for three years under Lovie Smith before Smith was fired in 2012, when the Bears led the league in interceptions (24) and takeaways (44) and were third in points allowed. "The success he had in Chicago as a co-ordinator speaks for itself," Garrett said. "To have him as a point person is exciting and to have Kiff in the overseeing role is again something we think is good for our team." The Cowboys now have three former head coaches on the staff in Callahan, Marinelli and Linehan, who was 11-25 in two-plus seasons as coach of the Rams. He was fired after an 0-4 start in 2008 and joined the Lions a year later when Jim Schwartz was hired as head coach. Schwartz was fired last month. Andre Reed Womens Jersey . Hughes, 30, is a former Major Leaguer with the Baltimore Orioles, having played in 14 games with the Os in 2010. He played with Class AA Binghamton of the Eastern League in the New York Mets system last season. LeSean McCoy Bills Jersey . -- Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings will be on the sideline as the Packers make their push for a perfect regular season. On Saturday, the paths of Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn cross again as opposing quarterbacks. Jim Kelly Bills Jersey . Dwyane Wade took over in the fourth quarter. Tyrod Taylor Authentic Jersey . - Loosening up for their first training camp practice, the Miami Dolphins high-stepped sideways up and down the field while House of Pains song "Jump Around" blared on the loudspeakers.LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The way this season is slipping away, coach Marc Trestman can understand the frustration around Chicago.The losses are piling up. The playoff hopes are all but gone. And the Bears somehow hit a new low when that seemed impossible.We know our fans are disappointed, Trestman said Monday, a day after the Bears got pounded 55-14 at Green Bay. They have a right to be. This has been a very disturbing stretch of three weeks. Theres no doubt about it. But were focused in and the only way we can work our way out of this is to go get ready for Minnesota.Calls for sweeping, top-to-bottom changes are ripping through Chicago like a winter wind gust, and no one from the McCaskey family owners on down is being spared.There are big questions about Trestman and general manager Phil Emery with Chicago poised to miss the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. There is even more heat on defensive co-ordinator Mel Tucker, whose unit gave up more than 50 points for the second straight game.But just as he did two weeks ago, Trestman said hes not making any changes to his staff at this time. He continued to back Tucker and insisted hes not concerned that quarterback Jay Cutler may be losing the support of his teammates.The bigger issue is whether the Bears (3-6) are losing the support of their fan base after losing for the fifth time in six games. The debacle at Green Bay was just as ugly as the 51-23 loss at New England two weeks earlier.As Ive said before this, I think this team and this locker room is in a good place at this time, Trestman said. And were in a position where we have to work our way out of this. And I think the team is focused on doing this.He reiterated Monday that the Bears are preparing well. Its just that their performance in practice is not translating to the games, and he cant pinpoint why.Tucker has been a popular target with the defence struggling in his two seasons. He was essentially given a do-over after injuries gutted the defence a year ago. But the performance has not improved despite a major overhaul in the off-season.The Bears have been outscored a combined 106-37 overall the past two games and 94-7 in the first half of their past three. They have allowed 50 or more points in three of their past 11 games, something they had only done six times before.To me, (Tucker is) doing everything hhe can under the circumstances to coach, to teach and to lead that side of the ball, and hes got a very good staff with him, Trestman said.ddddddddddddFive-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen has just 1 1/2 sacks after signing a four-year deal that guaranteed $15.5 million. Defensive end Lamarr Houston, a key off-season addition, suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee celebrating a sack in the closing minutes at New England, one of the more embarrassing moments for the Bears this season.You know, we have good players, Allen said. We just arent obviously a good team. When you get beat down like this, you cant really say much else, I guess.Its not just the defence, though.An offence that ranked among the best last season is regressing in a big way in Trestmans second year. Cutler continues to make the same mistakes that have defined his career, and he cant seem to do anything right against Green Bay. Including the playoffs, Cutler is 1-11 against the Packers after another forgettable performance that included two interceptions.Even Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took a shot at him, tweeting Monday: After this past week, I still have more wins in WI than Jay Cutler.Trestman said he did not consider lifting Cutler at halftime when the Bears trailed 42-0 and the quarterback had two turnovers.He also said hes not concerned that teammates support for their quarterback might be waning. And when asked if he thought about benching Cutler against Minnesota this weekend, Trestman indicated thats not an option.I think the biggest thing is that Jay has got to play better, Trestman said. He didnt play well enough (Sunday), and we didnt play well enough and Im certain that hed take accountability for that. But its very clear he did not play well enough yesterday. We cant sugarcoat that. At the same time we didnt play collectively well enough as a team.NOTE: Trestman said hes very optimistic about Brandon Marshalls availability after the receiver exited in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury. Marshall was slowed by a right ankle injury earlier this season. ... The Bears waived CB Teddy Williams and elevated G Ryan Groy from the practice squad. Williams appeared in five games for Chicago this season, recording two special teams tackles.___Online:AP NFL websites: and Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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