Dallas Cowboys

Rod Marinelli ‘can’t wait’ for DeMarcus Lawrence to return

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli repeated a phrase he’s said after every game this season — the Dallas Cowboys’ pass rush “isn’t good enough.”

The Cowboys had only one sack against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, giving them six on the season. That puts them on pace for 24 total, significantly worse than when they ranked near the bottom of the league in 2014 (28) and 2015 (31).

“Not good enough,” Marinelli said. “Not enough pressures. But I like how hard they played. They don’t give in.”

Fortunately for Marinelli and the Cowboys, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is set to return this week before Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after being suspended the first four games for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Lawrence led the Cowboys with eight sacks a season ago, and is arguably the most talented pass rusher on the roster.

Marinelli grinned when asked about getting Lawrence back.

“I can’t wait,” Marinelli said. “It’ll be fun to get him going and just try to keep improving each week.”

Tyrone Crawford registered the only sack Sunday and has two on the season. Crawford continues to get more and more comfortable at the end position with the Cowboys using Terrell McClain more as the three-technique tackle.

Marinelli said the plan is to continue using Crawford more at the end spot even when Lawrence returns.

Marinelli reiterated that he is still “mixing and matching” the D-line to find the best rotation possible.

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