Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli recently joined “Shan & RJ” on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) to talk all things football. Here are some highlights:
What have you seen from Jaylon Smith so far in camp?
Marinelli: He’s a great story. If we all could learn something from him about being positive in a negative situation – he’s been unbelievable like that. I really admire that trait in him. It’s every day, he just seems to grow. Every day. And that’s what you’re looking for. He’s come in, he’s hit, and he’s done pretty well. So, it’s day-to-day now.
Where is he still limited?
Marinelli: I think it’s just overall, all the new stuff coming at you. He’s adjusted to the speed of the game pretty quick, but now it’s everything coming at him. So, what you try to do is maintain your fundamentals, maintain your gap integrity, understand where you are in the passing game, and then you go from there. You don’t give him too much, too early.
Do you expect him to be ready for the beginning of the year?
Marinelli: Well, after what we’ve seen so far, you would think so. And then it’d just be a day-to-day deal as he gets better.
What have you seen from Taco Charlton?
Marinelli: He’s long. He brings length. That’s really important in this game. Now it’s just about getting your feet under you … everything up front happens so quick. One hand is off? You’re off [because] guys are so strong in this league. But he’s got good bend. He can really [get low], which is really critical especially for a guy his height. You get a guy that tall that can’t bend, you’ve got problems. But he bends pretty well. He runs pretty well. He’s…
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