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Should Cowboys Reunite Shea McClellin With Rod Marinelli?

Since becoming the for the , hasn't had too many of his former players follow him to Dallas. In fact, I can only think of one… , and we all know how that turned out.

I don't know about you, but I found that a little strange. It's pretty common for coaches to try to bring some of their players with them when they accept a new job. Familiarity goes a long way in the NFL and former players can also help make the transition easier for everyone.

Strangely enough, Rod Marinelli hasn't really been afforded that luxury, whether it was his doing or not. But, there is a who played under Marinelli's tutelage in Chicago who might make sense for the Dallas Cowboys, Shea McClellin.

Rod Marinelli was the defensive coordinator in Chicago when the Bears decided to draft Shea McClellin 19th overall in the 2012 . Marinelli likely had a big say in that decision, and if he still feels the same, a reunion could be in order.

Shea McClellin started his career in the NFL as a 4-3 left side playing opposite , but was also viewed as a potential Brian Urlacher replacement. He showed flashes of becoming a solid defensive end his first few years in the league, but was eventually moved to linebacker, where he seemed to find a home for himself.

Shea McClellin
LB Shea McClellin

After his contract expired with the Bears, the New England Patriots decided to bring him aboard to help with their linebacker depth. He only ended up starting four games for them in 2016, but made some memorable plays to help the Patriots become the champions.

Unfortunately, the wasn't very kind to him. His entire year was wiped out due to a concussion, which probably had a lot to do with why they recently released him.

This of course could be good news for the Dallas Cowboys. They currently need some depth at the linebacker position and Shea McClellin could provide that, if he's healthy. The healthy bit here is key, because he has had problems with concussions in the past.

If McClellin is indeed healthy, he could bring a versatile skill set to the Cowboys . His best spot is probably at strong side LB (SAM), but I think he could play middle linebacker (MIKE) as well. He also could provide depth at defensive end, the position he played to start his NFL career.

With the LB depth a concern, Shea McClellin makes quite a bit of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, his past with concussions is a red flag, but it also drives down his asking price. I think he would definitely fall into that “bargain shopping” mentality the Cowboys have been using these last few offseasons.

He probably wouldn't be viewed as a very important , but you still need these types of players on your team in order to succeed in the NFL. Let's see if the Dallas Cowboys agree.

Do you think a Rod Marinelli and Shea McClellin reunion is in order?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
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Charles

Obviously you forgot about Stephen Paea and that didn’t work out too well.

Brian Martin

I knew I was forgetting somebody.

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Ervinlang318

Lets be completely Honest unless Marinelli is bringing Warren Sapp, Jon Lynch, Derrick Brooks, Booger Mcfarland, Simeon Rice, and Rhonde Barber with him on every coaching stop then he is not a Successful Coach

Brian Martin

If we’re being honest here, I think Marinelli is a much better DL coach than he is a defensive coordinator.

Ervinlang318

Oh absolutely i agree

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winstar

I’m betting this is Marinelli’s last hoorah this season. I’m thinking Richard takes over in 2019 so I doubt we bring any of his old players abroad unless it is one season this year.

Brian Martin

I agree. I wouldn’t be surprised if we actually see more of Richard’s input on the defense this season and kind of start phasing Marinelli out.

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Alan Kelley

No more concussion probes LB’s please…

Brian Martin

Normally I would agree, but I’d risk it on a veteran minimum deal. The Cowboys need LB depth in the worst way.

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