It’s been a few months since the Dallas Cowboys hired Monte Kiffin to run their new Tampa 2 defense. Which means it may have been a few months of Cowboys fans wondering why Dallas hired him in the first place? Allow Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, via ESPNDallas.com, to explain why in the simplest form possible.
“How those guys work, I really think it’s insignificant when you talk about whether or not you got four guys with their hand on the ground or three guys with their hand on the ground,” Tomlin said. “One thing that they’re going to do is they’re going to be fundamentally sound, they’re going to play responsible football and they’re going to play extremely hard with the 11 men that they have. I look forward to watching their tape. I think there’s a lot of people in the NFL looking forward to watching their tape.”
Tomlin does have a soft spot for Kiffin since he worked under him on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff from 2001-2005, but there are phrases from Tomlin that Cowboys fans should pay particular attention to. Words like “fundamentally sound” and “responsible football” were foreign to former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan; in other words, they’ll be the exact opposite of what the Cowboys defense was under Ryan.
For all the boasting Ryan did off the field, his defense never made the plays on the field to back up his bravado. You’ll get no such bravado from Kiffin, just sound defensive football. Which would you rather have?
We can argue about whether the Cowboys made the right decision to fire Ryan and hire Kiffin, but what’s not debatable is who’s defensive units play smarter football because the answer always comes back Monte Kiffin. What’s also not debatable is who the better coordinator is since Kiffin’s defense was in the top 10 in the league 11 out of his 13 years as a defensive coordinator and Ryan’s defense has only ranked in the top 10 once in nine years.
Even better for the Cowboys, Kiffin brings along defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, who according to Tomlin, makes the Cowboys defense even more dangerous.
“Monte is going to be great in particular, Monte in a combination with Rod, that’s a lethal combination,” Tomlin said.
So there you have it Cowboys fans, their defense will play sound, smart, fundamental football, led by a lethal combination of coaches. Any more questions as to why Dallas hired Monte Kiffin?