Kiffin Deserves to Shop For Some Groceries
Last time I checked, Jones was the ring-leader of everything football at Valley Ranch. This means that he knew perfectly well that the DC he was about to hire to replace two-year predecessor Rob Ryan was going to need different parts to work with. If not, he certainly should have.
Either Kiffin just nodded and smiled at every chance he got to agree with what the “cool kids” in the draft room wanted to do, or he simply was never asked.
Point is this: Kiffin wasn’t brought in to fix this defense overnight. On the contrary, he was hired to re-install the legendary 4-3 alignment—finally—that had brought the Dallas franchise historic success over a few eras.
This change required players and patience—the Cowboys probably lacking both well before training camp.
Kiffin stepped into the kitchen as a world respected chef but never got to shop for too much in the way of ingredients. I have no idea how involved Kiffin really was when Minnesota Vikings rookie Sharrif Floyd was falling into the laps of the Cowboys.
Anyway, Kiffin should have at least one offseason in which he can look for some key players upfront that everyone knew he wasn’t going to get in his first year.