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DMN: New Cowboy Terrell McClain: Rod Marinelli was a huge reason I came to Dallas

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by jobberone, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. jobberone

    jobberone Orangutans make great guitarists Staff Member

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    New Cowboy Terrell McClain: Rod Marinelli was a huge reason I came to Dallas
    SPORTSDAYDFW.COM Published: 12 April 2014 04:56 PM
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    New Cowboys defensive lineman Terrell McClain joined Sirius XM NFL radio on Saturday. Here are some highlights from the interview.

    On how Rod Marinelli factored in with McClain signing with the Cowboys:

    “It factored in a lot. He actually came down to my pro day and actually did the drills at my pro day three years ago when I was coming out of college, so I had a chance to talk to him. He was telling me all about himself. He’s a great guy, a great coach and I’m really fortunate to be able to be coached by him the next three years.”

    On if playing in a 4-3 defense will suit his skills:

    “I believe so. I was always used to the 4-3, especially being in the 4-3 in college and being in a 4-3 more first year in the NFL. … Being able to play both under and over tackle, playing 3-tech when I was in Carolina and learning how to play nose in Houston is really going to better myself into the 4-3 system that the Dallas Cowboys have.”

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/da...inelli-was-a-huge-reason-i-came-to-dallas.ece
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  2. jobberone

    jobberone Orangutans make great guitarists Staff Member

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    Do most of you favor this guy being here and why or why not? I really don't know him well.
  3. waving monkey

    waving monkey Well-Known Member

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    I don't know McClain but I know Marinelli a little bit and I'm on broad with that.
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  4. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    We got him on the cheap so we're taking a chance that he'll develop better in the 4-3 than he did in the 3-4. Marinelli does have a knack for getting the most out of the talent he's given, so then there's that. In truth, McClain really hasn't proven himself to be an exceptional talent as yet. I'm guessing we'll have to wait and find out in time if he's really destined to become one. As I see it, there's really not much to lose seeing as how our investment was a meager one.
  5. 4lifecowboy

    4lifecowboy Active Member

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    I* know absolutely nothing about him, but Marinelli is high on him so I believe he brings something to the table, we will see what is in a few months.
  6. jobberone

    jobberone Orangutans make great guitarists Staff Member

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    Well, I have to say I'm a tad excited at the thought of having a true NG who can perhaps push the pocket. At the least he can hopefully plug the middle and stop the run game esp short yardage. The fact he can play some 3 is good. Perhaps Marinelli sees him more of a 3 than a 1. Don't know. You have to have someone who can play the 1 at times even if you use him some as basically two 3s on the field a lot.
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  7. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    Basically, he's a relatively untested commodity, so it'll be interesting seeing how he does in our 4-3 with Marinelli. He has a fair measure of experience already, so that should serve as an advantage for him to adjust sooner than most green rookies would. There appears to be some versatility there and that never hurts, either.
  8. starfrombirth

    starfrombirth Well-Known Member

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    I'm no more for or against it than Selvie and the 17 other guys we brought in last year. I think part of Marinelli's "magic" is that he is willing to bring guys in but not afraid to cut them if they don't have "it". Yes, he has a certain ability to get the most out of his players but his willingness to change is a big part as well.
  9. starfrombirth

    starfrombirth Well-Known Member

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    That's what Broadus says, that he is a fireplug that your not gonna move very easily. I would be really good with that as I think that was a major problem for us last year.
  10. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Clearly he hasn't been hanging around the CowboysZone.
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  11. jobberone

    jobberone Orangutans make great guitarists Staff Member

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    That's an understatement but his was a wise one! :)
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  12. pgreptom

    pgreptom Well-Known Member

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    Let's be honest. This guy has 21 tackles and 1 sack in 28 games played. I wouldn't expect much at all... but with Rod you never know.
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  13. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    I don't know much about him, but one thing that intrigues me is that a huge difference between the schlubs brought in during the season last year and this guy is that McClain has NFL experience where many of the off-the-street guys form last year were just plugged in...Marinelli could do wonders with guys that have some ability
  14. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    Oh, you came to Dallas because of Rod Marinelli?

    I'm sure teams were lining up to sign you, Terrell.
  15. Aven8

    Aven8 Well-Known Member

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    What's his size? I know nothing about him as well.
  16. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    He's 6-2 293. Marinelli seems to prefer the 3 tech sized guys even at the 1 since he values pass rush ability over run stopping ability.
  17. skinsscalper

    skinsscalper Well-Known Member

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    Honestly, I see him as the type of signing that we WOULD have made last year if we could have when the injuries started to pile up. I don't see him as an answer to our problems but as a more quality depth signing than your average sales rep (whom we seemed to be signing left and right out of necessity).

    I'm not counting on him to be Hatcher's replacement (I don't think the Cowboys are either) but rather a piece in what's going to be a couple of guys as Hatcher's replacement. The move was poo-pooed by the usual suspects around here but I actually like the signing. I think he and Mincey will be solid (not great) additions to the DL rotation. The fact that they were signed rather quickly tells me that someone in the organization did some homework on both players and they were targeted by the staff. Now, that doesn't mean that the moves were good ones (that remains to be seen). It just means that more thought was put into it than the average fan typically would give any appreciation to.

    If Mincey can match Ware's production from last season (and we can add a blue chip type player in the draft along the DL) then I would have a hard time complaining about the move, all things considered (particularly the cap investment). Add McClain who is surely better than Hayden and I think they were both decent signings. They aren't going to knock you socks off (I don't believe) but I think they will be solid contributors. The real story can be told at the end of the season but it's not like adding these two guys is going to alter our draft strategy.
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  18. Aven8

    Aven8 Well-Known Member

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    Wow that light and he played NT for Wade last year. Thanks!
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  19. 4lifecowboy

    4lifecowboy Active Member

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    Most Logical perspective I've read this morning.
  20. Kaiser

    Kaiser Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Totally agree, McClain isn't going to start but is going to give you snaps off the bench at a low price. Its also a scheme issue IMO, he is much better in a 4-3 than being cast as a 3-4 NT like last year.

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