Better Cowboys Defensive Guru: Monte Kiffin or Rob Ryan?

Regardless of the two talented offenses heading into Sunday night’s Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints matchup, the main story will be all about defense. Former Cowboys defensive guru and current Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will have a chance to get revenge on a Dallas team who fired him earlier this year and replaced him with coaching legend Monte Kiffin.

Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on the sidelines in the second quarter of their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan currently helms a New Orleans’ squad ranked fifth in total defense in the NFL. They have the fourth lowest passing yards total allowed so far this season. But they also rank 20th in total rushing yards allowed in the league.

Kiffin’s new Dallas defense currently sits at the bottom of the rankings. They are next to last in total defense as one single yard separates them from the 32nd ranked Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas is also 31st in pass defense and 25th  in total rushing yards allowed this season.

The redeeming quality for the Cowboys “D” is their turnover total. Dallas is tied for the number one spot in total turnovers, recording 21 takeaways so far this year. New Orleans ranks seventh in that same category with 15.

Last season, the Ryan-led Dallas defense recorded just 16 turnovers for the entire season. Speaking of last year, that same group finished the year ranked 19th in total defense. They also ranked 19th in pass defense and 22nd in rushing defense while under Ryan in 2012.

As the two defensive gurus face off this Sunday night, we pose this question to you:

Who is The Better Cowboys Defensive Guru: Monte Kiffin or Rob Ryan?

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  • SmartThinking

    It’s the Kiffin/Marinelli duo, definitely. If you ask any of the ‘dirty dozen’ linemen who’ve come through here if they’d walk over broken glass for Marinelli, they’ll almost all say yes. After a week of being around the man, these guys will tell you they’re playing lights out defense for him. On the other hand, Ryan’s defense was complicated, required a lot of reads that could be interpreted in several ways, and most importantly, didn’t bend but broke. Ryan is fiery, and he has placed his ego before his defense. If the Saints win, it’s his defensive prowess. If the Saints lose, they didn’t perform. Win or lose, Marinelli gives credit for whatever successes occurred that day to his players. Now, that’s a coach!

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