It’s Time The Cowboys Fired Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin

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Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin on the field prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

The Dallas Cowboys made a major mistake in January of this year. They fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and hired coaching legend Monte Kiffin to replace him. Ryan was soon hired by the New Orleans Saints and now leads one of the best defenses in football. Kiffin has lead the Cowboys further down the rabbit hole and given Dallas their worst defense in franchise history. It’s time to admit that mistake and move on from Kiffin. And I’m not saying in the offseason. I’m saying they need to fire him today.

Monday night’s embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears only reenforced the fact that this defensive scheme is simply not working. Honestly, they just allowed 348 passing yards and five touchdowns to career back-up and recent high school coach Josh McCown. There is something horrifically wrong with Dallas’ defense.

The Cowboys allow the most yards per game in the league with 421.6. How can you win and get to the playoffs when you allow the opposing offense that many yards? And how can some many people, including owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett, be so calm about it?  This defensive approach isn’t working. And we have a very small window to fix it in the midst of a dwindling playoff race.

And let’s stop all the excuses.

Excuse #1: The Dallas Offense Stalls Too Much

Despite the Cowboys offense looking castrated at times, they are getting the job done for the most part. They average 27.4 points per game, good for third most in the NFL. And that should be good enough to win most of our games.

Excuse #2: The Defense Has Suffered Too Many Injuries

Yes, the Cowboys have suffered many injuries and roster moves, especially along the defensive line. But let’s not forget, the defense was at full strength in this game. (other than ineffective cornerback Morris Claiborne and linebacker Justin Durant) A defense, I might add, who got the job done without middle linebacker Sean Lee the past two games…even just barely.

Excuse #3: The Cowboys Don’t Have The Right Players To Execute This Defensive Scheme

And the Cowboys front office and/or coaching staff didn’t know this fact when they made the switch in the offseason? They hired Kiffin prior to the NFL Draft. Why weren’t they concerned about that prior to drafting offensive players with their first three draft picks?

But let’s look at the present. We are in the middle of a playoff race. And now we are a game and a half behind the Philadelphia Eagles. We have no time to find the right players. We have to scheme to what we have now. And that’s what we assumed happened during the bye week. Whatever changes they made, barely helped us get past the Giants and Raiders. But it absolutely imploded against the Bears on Monday night.

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  • SmartThinking

    This mess starts much further up the ladder than Kiffin.

    In my opinion, no one’s job is secure, starting with the General Manager’s down. Further, not one player’s job should be secure either.

    Jones needs to assess every position on this team and begin the pink slips with himself. If the product we watched unfold itself last night is Jones’ best work, as he’s quick to point out to anyone with a microphone who’ll listen to him, then he absolutely must accept the responsibility and step down as GM.

    It’s time to rebuild this team from the very bottom to the very top and no one should be exempt from criticism and responsibility for the kind of performances we’ve had to endure as fans of this team this season.

    Jones owes us fans the ultimate apology. We deserve a better team with a better owner than this mess Jones calls his best work.

    • Old Frog

      Agreed. Trade everyone with value for draft picks except maybe Smith, Bryant, and Frederick. Then start systematically trading every player when it’s time for them to sign the big contract. Do this every year until you have a team that is truly dominant then pay those guys to stick around for a few years before you start the process all over again. I would rather be in the cellar for 3 years then win for 3 years than have 20 years of mediocrity.

  • ctcowboy1968

    RR did not get the injury excuse, why should anyone else? Don’t wait to fire Kiffin. Do it now! Promote Marinelli. Everyone knows this is going to in the offseason. Don’t wait. My biggest gripe with RR was when he only rushed 3, that never worked.
    This whole system is based on the DL which we don’t have. Need to draft DL first two rounds next year. Look at the Panthers. They drafted two DTs with their first two picks. Both are starters. They have the #1 D against the run. Last year, they were #14.
    Problem is that JJ will think that Crawford and Bass coming back from IR next year will be enough. Not true. Heydan is playing above his head. Selvie is not getting it done anymore. Hatcher will be gone. Ware is not an impact player anymore. Ware has one move, speed rush to the outside which takes out of the play.

    • Jeff

      It’s time to realize we are in the Al Davis zone now with the cowboys. There is no possibility of anything being fixed without first having the man at the very top depart, be it voluntarily or or be it Devine intervention. He’s already given 73 year old Kiffin the vote of confidence for gods sake. Until JJ is gone the cowboys will never eclipse 8 wins in a “good” season. You can’t fix stupid and you certainly can’t fix egomania

      • ctcowboy1968

        Absolutely correct. JJ was a good friend and admirer of Al Davis. Unfortunately, JJ will never get past his ego and stupidity. It’s all about him. He doesn’t want to win unless he gets all the credit. We are stuck with him. He has ruined this team. There’s no end in sight.

  • Unc Forrever

    We need to scheme for the next 3 plus games (ok Im being hopeful) based on what we have. I cant understand why we havent made significant changes when this defense in predicated on PRESSURE and WE CANT GET IT!!

    • Gordon Meller

      in all honesty cowboys defense sucks the big one,last time i checked run defense was 24th pass defense dead last.i said at the beginning of the season monte kiffin isnt the answer to defense, first off im not fond of 43 or tampa 2..basicly it takes 2 to 4 years to rebuild a defense to fit that scheme.they should have reverted back to the 34 defense cause we had the most ppl for that schem granted bruce carter isnt the right linebacker for that scheme he was always hurt not to mention that drafted him as an injured player. ware and spencer both excelled at the olb position,we were getting sacks left and right .we need another 34 defense coach