Out With the Wade and In With the New


Update:  Hot off the twitter feed of the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs:

Marinelli would be a tremendous get for Kiffin’s staff.  He was Kiffin’s defensive line coach at Tampa Bay and helped develop Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice for that team.  He followed Lovie Smith to the Rams and the Bears, making an ill-fated detour to be the Lions head coach.  He’s one of the most respected line coaches in the game.
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The assistant coaching churn continues this evening, with news that special teams coach Joe DeCamillis has left to join Mark Trestman’s staff in Chicago.

DeCamillis  presided over some erratic special teams.  While his units did improve their play over the last half dozen games or so, and finally began to master effective punt return blocking for Dwayne Harris, the letdowns from the early weeks and from 2011 lingered.

Think of the blocked punt for a score that turned the Jets game in the 2011 season opener.  Or the punt blocked for a score in week two against Seattle this year.  Or Jacoby Jones’ kickoff return touchdown in Baltimore.  The negatives accrued against DeCamillis and reached a critical mass.

From a staff standpoint, DeCamillis joins running backs coach Skip Peete as the latest Wade Phillips hires to leave the organization.  Should tight ends coach John Garrett claim the University of Delaware job, only Jason Garrett will remain from Jerry Jones’ first post-Parcells staff, and Jason, as you know, was hired prior to Wade.

Garrett will likely get to pick the new special teams coach, and he’ll have a tough chore ahead of him. Parcells hired Bruce DeHaven to revamp the special teams and Phillips brought Joe D.  Both were highly respected for their pre-Cowboys work but neither was able to revive a unit which has floundered since the late Joe Avezzano left roughly a decade ago.