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Dallas Cowboys Hire Monte Kiffin as Newest Defensive Coordinator

January 11th, 2013 at 12:18 PM
By Nick Sharp


Thanks to Tim Walsh for covering the big new signing by Big D.


After the recent firing of Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the search for new personnel to fulfill this position is over. The new defensive coordinator will be Monte Kiffin, the father of the “Tampa Cover 2” defense and one of the great coordinators the NFL has seen. His most recent work includes serving as an assistant coach at USC, where he did not see much success, though that could be attributed to the personnel he had under him. Reports indicate that he is a fiery guy not afraid to tell it how it is, which shouldn’t come as a big change after Rob Ryan’s dynamic personality.

What will affect the Dallas Cowboys with Kiffin’s hiring is the transition from the 3-4 defensive scheme to the 4-3, something that will take work to implement. All-Everything LB Demarcus Ware will likely be asked to put his hand in the dirt for the first time since playing at Troy State University. This move may also indicate that Dallas will be moving on from Anthony Spencer, a player many people believe simply won't fit in Dallas due to their salary cap woes. Yet another player impacted is Jay Ratliff, someone many considered was on his way out of town. He may find himself playing for Dallas again after all, being relied upon the put pressure on the QB from the 3-tech position (and also avoiding many double-teams.

Leave it to Jerry Jones to fire well-known and well-liked defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, only to come back and hire an even bigger name in Monte Kiffin. We will never know if the firing of Rob Ryan was a stunt by Jerry Jones sending a message to the organization or a performance based move in which Jones saw something in particular with Ryan which forced his hand. Either way the Cowboys have moved on and this is the new direction they are heading in. One thing for sure is that they have hired a man with a track record.

Monte Kiffin has been an NFL assistant coach for 26 years, which include 13 years as a defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won a Super Bowl while serving as the defensive coordinator of the Bucs in 2003 under head coach Jon Gruden. Kiffin’s defenses have ranked in the top 10 in points allowed and yards allowed 10 times during that period which is an NFL record. The numbers themselves clearly indicate that he has had a successful past, now time will tell if there is a bright future ahead for the Dallas Cowboys defense under the new guidance of Monte Kiffin. We would love to hear your thoughts on the new hiring. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and contribute to the conversation!

Tags: Dallas, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware, Football, Jerry Jones, Monte Kiffin, NFL, Rob Ryan

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