Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin on the field prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at AT

Monte Kiffin Has Lost His Touch As DC of Dallas Cowboys


What a joke.

I really don’t want to beat a dead horse and just repeat everything else that has been said over the past couple of days, but I really am lost for words otherwise.

The relentless tenacity of Sean Lee at least gave us a glimmer of hope that our defense wasn’t completely worthless, but after his injury our true colors quickly began to show. That in addition to a hobbled Demarcus Ware and things are starting to look bad real fast.

I’m actually starting to wonder if Monte Kiffin is even part of this coaching staff. Is anybody else noticing that in every single game when the screen switches to a shot of Monte Kiffin in the booth he’s always in the same position and never says a word? Is that a mannequin or something? “They’re the same face! Doesn’t anyone notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!” Sorry for the Mugatu rant but seriously, does the guy show any emotion at all about his completely worthless product.

I’m never a huge advocate of major changes midseason, but I’m starting to think Kiffin has to go. I understand he’s riding on a few bad wheels here but even when they were at full strength they were nothing to write home about.

As a big Texas Longhorn fan I can tell you that sometimes change is the best thing for a team. Look no further than a humiliating Texas loss to BYU in which the Texas defense and BYU rush attack set school records for most rushing yards allowed and most rushing yards in a single game respectively. A day later defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was gone, Greg Robinson stepped in, and now the Texas D is not only relevant but a big part of the reason the Longhorns are in the hunt for a Big 12 championship.

I know this is apples and oranges but somebody has to stop the bleeding. With an underperforming offense already on the field it is absolutely vital that somebody squeeze everything they can out of this patchwork defense, and Monte Kiffin just a’int getting it done.

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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    More blaming coaching for the poor performances of players. Since the defense has been bad for many years maybe its time writers start to realize the talent is just not there. And whose fault is that? Three guesses and the first two don’t count.

  • californy

    Monte Kiffen is yesterday News, the game has passed him by.. He is done as a Defensive Coordinator. I like many other fans saw that the zone was not the way to go, why did it take him 7 games for him to figure this out. I knew of it since the first preseason game.

  • californy

    RR took the NFL worst defense in 2012 to 3rd in the passing game in less than one year. Do you remember the previous DC in Dallas too, he took that defense to number 2 in the nFL when he left the real problem in Dallas, JJ as the team GM.

  • SmartThinking

    Look! Monte Kiffin is a bonafide legend in the NFL. His defensive schemes took at least one losing team to the Super Bowl. And that’s something few coaches today can claim. He demands the respect and admiration of every fan who appreciates watching a well-oiled defensive machine tear up offenses across the league.

    That being said, Kiffin’s schemes in Dallas have been a nightmare for this team. You can argue it any way you want: Kiffin’s scheme are old school and don’t stand up against today’s faster spread offenses, or, Dallas doesn’t have the defensive personnel capable of executing Kiffin’s defense correctly, or, some combination of both.

    Whatever the combination, Kiffin should be carefully, tenderly, respectfully relieved of his duties and Marinelli should be placed in the Defensive Coordinator’s role immediately.

    I had high expectations for Kiffin to be successful. No matter what people say, Jerry Jones was right to fire Ryan after the way he ran the defense last year. And as hard on the defensive players as it’s going to be to implement a third defensive scheme in three years, it must be done for the sake of this team.

    You were a stud defensive mastermind once, Mr. Kiffin. Go and enjoy the rest of your life with our thanks.

  • ctcowboy1968

    His scheme is based on DL pressure. If Spencer, Rat, Hatcher and Ware playing healthy would have provided that. But with only Hatcher playing and the no names wearing down, this scheme is toast. Plus the strength of the CBs is press man to man. Play to their strengths.

  • Old Frog

    I ain’t buying it. I will never hold a coach or coordinator responsible for failure when so many of his best players are injured. Nor would I blame him for the personnel decisions that provided inadequate backups in the first place – that falls on the GM. If Ware, Lee, Hatcher, Ratliff, Spencer, and Claiborne were all healthy and on the field the last 4 games and we were still only 5 and 5 then I would say Kiffen might be to blame. As it is, Callahan needs to go.