Kiffin’s Scheme is Already a Proven Commodity
It’s important to remember that Kiffin’s scheme’s became very prominent in the NFL over the last decade. It’s true that Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 and that the Indianapolis Colts were victorious in 2007 at Super Bowl XLI, both running the “Tampa 2″ and both versions installed and grown by former NFL head coach Tony Dungy.
Numerous Dallas players have gone on record throughout this season as stating that the issues facing the Cowboys’ defense is not the system. They counter with the fact that it’s the players—they are right about this.
Believe it or not, the “Tampa 2″ can be traced all the way back to the great Pittsburgh Steelers defenses of the 1970s—yes, Dungy was a defensive back for a couple of seasons as the “Steel Curtain” was in it’s prime and devastating the NFL to the tune of four Super Bowl championships in a span of just six seasons.
Finally, other teams have also employed this scheme to some decent results. The Chicago Bears’ “Tampa 2″ was actually present to face the Colts in that ’07 championship game. Other NFL subscribers to the scheme, by 2006, were the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions.
Scrapping a proven scheme in favor of yet another coordinator and playbook for the fourth time under a soon-to-be fifth-year head coach is just stupid.