Monte Kiffin Hired As Defensive Coordinator For Dallas Cowboys

Monte Kiffin Hired As Defensive Coordinator For Dallas Cowboys

Monte Kiffin has been hired as defensive coordinator by the Dallas Cowboys, after resigning as USC’s defensive coordinator in November 2012.

The Cowboys, who fired Rob Ryan only three days ago, announced Kiffin’s appointment on Friday.

With Monte Kiffin hired, the Cowboys will hope his arrival can bring about a tighter defense. The team finished a respectable 14th in the NFL on total defense this season, but conceded a franchise-record 5,687 yards. Another unwanted landmark was set in turnovers, the defense forcing a paltry 16 for the entire season.

Kiffin, who will turn 73 next month, knows more about defense than most of his NFL peers. Before he returned to college football in 2009, he had spent 26 years as an NFL assistant coach, including a 13-year spell as Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator.

At the Buccaneers, he helped to pioneer the Tampa-2 system that many NFL teams use today, and worked with some of the best defensive talents of the time, including Warren Sapp, Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks, and John Lynch. The results were telling: in his 13 years at Tampa, the Bucs defense finished in the top 10 in total defense and scoring defense on 11 occasions. The team also won the Super Bowl in 2002.

Speaking to ESPN, Kiffin said:

“I came away from the interview process with Jason (Garrett) with a feeling that Dallas is the right place to be. He has this team headed in the right direction.”

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