Fundamentals, a return to fundamentals, was stressed by Jerry over and over. Hello Monte Kiffin, the new Defensive Coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. If there was a Mt. Rushmore for Defensive gurus in the NFL for the last twenty years the faces on that monument would undoubtedly be Bill Belichick, Head Coach of the New England Patriots; Dick LeBeau, the Defensive Coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers; the late Jim Johnson, former Defensive Coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Cowboys new head man on that side of the ball, Monte Kiffin.
Kiffin was a two way player in college at Nebraska. He played on both lines as a Tackle. After leaving the Cornhuskers he spent a year in the Canadian Football League before returning to Nebraska as a Graduate Assistant in 1966. If you are good at math you undoubtedly already figured out that 2013 will be Kiffin’s 48th season in the coaching ranks.
He’s been all over the football map, always on the Defensive side of the football, with only a brief three year window as a Head Coach at North Carolina State. He’s never wanted to be the big chief, but as a Defensive mind in today’s NFL there are few who are bigger than Kiffin. Only the two remaining members of the grand slam I named above are in his league as a Defensive Coach. His specialty as a Coach according to his one time great player John Lynch, is simplifying the game down to fundamentals and getting you ready to play.