Cowboys tap Monte Kiffin as new defensive coordinator

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly hired Monte Kiffin as their new defensive coordinator three days after the team fired Rob Ryan.

Kiffin, 72, will be the fourth defensive coordinator the Cowboys have had in four seasons.  The only person the Cowboys interviewed for the position, Kiffin had spent the past four years as USC’s defensive coordinator at the collegiate level, but resigned at the end of the season to pursue opportunities in the NFL.

Kiffin made his name as the defensive guru behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl win in 2002 and, before moving to USC, spent 26 years as an NFL assistant coach.  According to the Dallas News, Kiffin’s defenses in Tampa Bay ranked among the top 10 in total defense in 11 of the 13 years that the 72-year-old coached in Tampa.

Last year, the Cowboys defense finished 19th in the NFL, allowing a franchise-record 5,687 yards and forcing just 16 turnovers throughout the season.

Kiffin will also likely rework Dallas’ defensive coaching staff, with each current defensive coach being given permission to speak with other teams, according to ESPNDallas.com.

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