Sources: Cowboys Focusing On Monte Kiffin For Defensive Coordinator

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Several leagues sources say the Cowboys are looking at Monte Kiffin to replace Rob Ryan.

News is starting to trickle out about the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator search. Several league sources indicate that Dallas has former NFL coordinator Monte Kiffin at the top of the list. From ESPN Dallas:

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett have focused their search for a defensive coordinator on longtime NFL assistant Monte Kiffin, according to team and league sources.

It is unknown whether the 72-year-old Kiffin has been offered the job, but he has emerged as the leading candidate from a list that also includes Ray Horton, a former Cowboys player and current Cardinals defensive coordinator who has interviewed for several head-coaching positions recently.

This is certainly interesting news. Kiffin was coaching the defense for his son Lane at USC when he resigned to pursue a return to the NFL. So he definitely seems interrested in an NFL job even thouhg he reprotedly turned down Andy Reid for the coordinator spot in Kansas City.

But of even more interest is that Kiffin is the man credited with much of the Tampa 2 philosophy. His arrival would likely signal a switch back to the 4-3 defense for Dallas. There's no question about Kiffin and success in the NFL.

Kiffin is creator of the Tampa 2 defense and is mastermind of one of the most successful defenses in league history. The Bucs ranked in the top 10 in fewest yards and points allowed 10 times, a league record.

So BTB, what do you think?

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