We’re hearing mixed reactions concerning the Dallas Cowboys’ hiring of Monte Kiffin to succeed Rob Ryan as the team’s defensive coordinator.
Longtime scouting director Larry Lacewell came out recently to deliver some high praise for the move, going so far as to call the hire one of the two best the team has ever made. Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, in an interview with WFAN-AM 660 in New York on Monday, was less effusive in his praise, saying that more than anything, he was surprised by the announcement.
“Really surprised with that,” Aikman said, via the Dallas Morning News. “There, for many, many years, it had to be 3-4. That’s what they were about. And now, to bring in Monte Kiffin and go completely opposite, back to a 4-3 scheme. I think it’s interesting that they’re doing that in and of itself.”
Aikman continued that he’s not really worried about how the shift to the 4-3 would affect the Cowboys’ best defender, DeMarcus Ware.
“He’s going to excel no matter where he is, so I don’t worry so much about him,” Aikman said. “Just overall, and the way that they built this thing and then just to have a dramatic shift. And I don’t know that they’re done. I’m not sure that the changes are over yet.”
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