New Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is expected to have a big impact on the team’s defense this season.
Unlike former coordinator Rob Ryan, you won’t see Kiffin pacing up and down the sideline and riding the officials all game long. Instead, Kiffin will call the plays from the coach’s booth, according to ESPNDallas.
As stated in the article, Kiffin will call the plays that will be relayed to middle linebacker Sean Lee on the field–through his headset–from Cowboys’ linebacker coach Matt Eberflus.
Kiffin will be the second coach to call plays from upstairs this year with oddly enough, offensive coordinator Bill Callahan set to call the plays from the coach’s booth as well.
The idea for Kiffin and Callahan to call plays from the booth could bode well for the team because of the fact that being that high up viewing the game, coaches can get a better view and read on formations, both offensive and defensive.
For the Cowboys, the hope has to be that Kiffin’s experience and pedigree–a 47 year coaching career that includes 15 years as a coordinator at the NFL level, a Super Bowl ring in 2003 and two number one overall defensive finishes with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers–will help turn around a defense that regressed under Ryan.
For years, people have been saying that the Cowboys have the talent, but having talent and then putting that talent to good use on the football field are two different things.
A change is made already with Kiffin coaching from the booth.
The Cowboys sure hope that translates into a positive change on the field, as well for the defense.