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Cowboys’ best offseason pickup? Rod Marinelli looks to Kris Richard - Todd Archer, ESPN
Archer writes on that new defensive backs coach Kris Richard is potentially the biggest pickup that the Cowboys have made this offseason — at least in the eyes of defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
They will use the offseason to see what mixes best between Marinelli’s philosophy and what Richard likes to do, but there are many similarities.
“I do think the DNA of our defense is the DNA of the defense where he comes from,” Garrett said.
The Cowboys don’t have a cornerback like Sherman, but they like the potential of Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. They don’t have a safety like Thomas, although there remains the possibility that he could become a Cowboy. They hope to have linebackers like Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright in Sean Lee, Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith. They like their pass-rushers, such as Lawrence, David Irving, Tyrone Crawford, Taco Charlton and others, the way Seattle used a rotation with Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Frank Clark.