Posted January 29, 2014

Monte Kiffin out as Cowboys defensive coordinator

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Monte Kiffin's Dallas defense is giving up 26.7 points a game this season. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Monte Kiffin’s Dallas defense gave up 27 points per game this season. (Gus Ruelas/AP)

The Dallas Cowboys made wholesale changes to their coaching staff Tuesday, installing former St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan as passing game coordinator, moving Monte Kiffin from defensive coordinator to an assistant head coaching position and promoting former Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator, according to Pro Football Talk.

The Cowboys ranked 16th in the NFL in total offense but averaged 94.2 yards a game, ranking 24th in the league.

“Our responsibility is to bring quality people into our organization and find the best fit for them.  That applies to players, and it applies to coaches,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Rod Marinelli’s production in terms of creating turnovers and changing field position as a defensive coordinator is well documented. Monte Kiffin’s overall knowledge and understanding of this defensive scheme will be put to use in mentoring all of the players and coaches on the defensive side of the ball. Monte was brought here to direct a transition in philosophy to the 4-3 scheme, and he will continue to oversee the development of our defense in this scheme.

But their defense was historically bad, ranking dead last in the NFL in total defense and surrendering 415.3 yards a game, almost 20 yards more than the closest team.

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62 comments
x72
x72

Seahawks will probably hire him.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

kiffin looks like an extra on The Walking Dead

MickHayes
MickHayes

I thought this might just be the only week all year the Jerry Jones would suppress his immeasurable ego long enough to allow the two teams that are still playing to have the spotlight.  Alas the biggest narcissist in all of sports just couldn't let that happen

JubJub
JubJub

Evidently, the Cowboys have chosen to take the mantle from the Clippers as the most poorly run franchise in professional sports.  


I suppose it makes sense.  If you're going to suck, be better at sucking than everyone else.  


By the way, I think it's a fine idea to hire a special teams play-caller, as well.  

Panda45
Panda45

Dallas made this move so no other team can scoop up Marinelli as DC.  Coaches can't move laterally, only upward.

6marK6
6marK6

The one thing I am uncertain of is what exactly Jason Garrett does? He has no role in the offense, with Callahan as OC and Linehan now calling plays. He has two defensive coordinators and has never been involved on the defensive side of the ball. He has no input on personnel decisions, be it free agent or draft. He literally stands on the sideline with headphones on. He does make horrible challenges and wastes timeouts, two duties that will probably be taken away from him this year. So, to quote one of the "two Bobs" from Office Space, "what is it you'd say, you do here?"

RCH
RCH

"The Cowboys ranked 16th in the NFL in total offense but averaged 94.2 yards a game, ranking 24th in the league."


Can someone explain what that statement means exactly?

towles
towles

Every year Jones becomes more like the late Al Davis. 

MikeF.Scholes
MikeF.Scholes

Maybe it's time for Jerry to promote himself to GM Emeritus.....thus continuing the trend of rewarding ineptitude, which has become the Cowboys hallmark.

PhillipJacobs
PhillipJacobs

LOL.....I bet  Ryan  is  just  LOVING  it......Jerry  needs  to  step  back  and  just  be  a  fan  and  sign  checks.....I  give  Tom  Benson  credit  for  that  with  our  Saints , he  knows  his  place....

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

With the Cowboys you dont fire someone you promote them.......

roserugby
roserugby

I wonder if Jerry Realizes what a joke he and his Cowboys are becoming. 

rjfisher72
rjfisher72

I thought Marinelli was hired by Lovie Smith?

muser
muser

In reality Jerry is the only coach in Dallas....

Listening
Listening

jerry is such an idiot

You remove Kiffin from being defensive coordinator only to make him and assistant head coach????  Hahahahahahaha

All the season ticket holders get what they deserve for lining jerry's pockets.  Hahahahahahaha

ShawnB
ShawnB

If we move this deck chair here, and that deck chair there, maybe the Titanic won't sink!

bartle.dale
bartle.dale

The train wreck continues....tune in tomorrow when the boys hire Larry Bird as running backs coach, and lure Tony LaRussa out of retirement to revamp the special teams. Meanwhile, Dan Bailey, the most talented player on the team, was completely unaware that the object of the game was to score TDs and not constantly kick FGs and punt. All this while Owner/CFO/GM/Chairman and overall idiot, Jerry Jones, will leave the show to 'have a little work done.' But don't fret fans, the show will go on...Jerry has booked a tractor pull, Miley Cyrus STD convention and XFL reunion for the house that Troy, Emmitt and Jimmy Johnson built. Please remember that September means re-runs, this time we'll replay the teams 8-8 finish and failure to make the playoffs. Enjoy.

RickMathews
RickMathews

And this is what America gets for its team?

AustinRoth
AustinRoth

Given a few more years, Dallas will become the first NFL team with more coaches than players.

3M_TA3
3M_TA3

Removing Kiffin from DC almost balances hiring Linehan to call offensive plays. 8-8 again LOL!

AngryKelly
AngryKelly

The dudes defense is dead last and he gets a promotion? Is it any wonder these clowns in the front office cant produce a winning team?

John4
John4

Ooh, still more changes to the Cowboys coaching staff.  This IS exciting!  Still, for 2014, I'm betting they go, Oh, I don't know, 8-8 and lose their last game, just missing the playoffs.  Anyone care to disagree?  They DO still have the same "GM", correct?  8-8.  Wasted seasons.  Sad.  America NEEDS the Cowboys to be SB winners.  The entire country is better off when the Cowboys win the Super Bowl!

tlm773458
tlm773458

@x72 "moving Monte Kiffin from defensive coordinator to an assistant head coaching position" He wasn't fired just given a new position.  Best thing that could probably happen to the Cowboys would be for Jerry Jones to retire from meddling

Panda45
Panda45

Dallas still sucks though.

NDB
NDB

@6marK6  Well, does it even matter what Garrett does or doesn't do? He is the ultimate "Yes man" to Mr. Jones!

goathammer.mf
goathammer.mf

@6marK6 Garrett deals with GD! players so the coaches don't have to, don't you understand that!

Ralph10
Ralph10

@RCH Poorly stated, but it is saying that they were ranked 16th in the NFL in total offense, but 24th in the NFL in rushing at 94.2 yards per game.

JubJub
JubJub

@RCH It means SI has hired kids from high school as editors

toyota_tundra
toyota_tundra

@roserugby Nah, he just realizes how much $$$$ he's making. That appears to be all he's concerned with these days.

manniefaces
manniefaces

@ListeningIt's a job in name only. It's done as a sigh of respect rather than an out and out firing for long serving coaches in the NFL. Kiffen is well past his best days but was always a class act.

MikeF.Scholes
MikeF.Scholes

I think it'd be more humane for Jerry to summarily execute his GM

DJL329
DJL329

@PatrickBatemanVP His ego is too big.  Like George Steinbrenner and Al Davis, his early success makes him believe he can continue to do things his way and win.

DJL329
DJL329

@AngryKellyI doubt it's a "promotion." More likely that he got "kicked upstairs" to a place where he couldn't do any (more) harm.

rjfisher72
rjfisher72

@John4 I disagree, I love it when the Cowboys are a complete dumpster fire, it makes for entertaining drama. 

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@DJL329@PatrickBatemanVP George Steinbrenner died in 2010 and the Yankees won a World Series in 2009 and  were in the playoffs or the world series almost every year leading up to that point since 1995.  Are you really sure you want to use him as an example?

CALI_DREAMING
CALI_DREAMING

@RickMathews @3M_TA3 

Jerry is just trying to save one of his faces, by not firing Kiffen now. Asst head coach in this instance equals super secret double probation like in Animal House

KevinMcClain
KevinMcClain

@KristianColasacco @DJL329 @PatrickBatemanVP 

True. George Steinbrenner and Jerry Jones shared enormous ego's and the ability to make huge fortunes. But Steinbrenner could actually make decisions that resulted in Championships. Jerry's decisions always seem to end at 8-8.