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Barry Switzer: Kiffin "One Of The Sharpest Guys In The History Of The Game"

Monte Kiffin was hired a week ago to succeed Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys

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    Barry Switzer certainly isn’t alone in believing the Dallas Cowboys did themselves a favor by landing Monte Kiffin as Rob Ryan’s successor, but he holds the distinction (so far as we know, anyway) of being the only guy to have praised the move before it was even made official.

    A week ago, just hours before the deal was done, Switzer had a chat with FoxSportsSouthwest.com’s Mike Fisher, and had nothing but good things to say about the 72-year-old.

    "Monte Kiffin is without a doubt one of the finest, sharpest defensive minds in the history of football,'' Switzer said. "That's as good a hire as you can possibly make.''

    Like Kiffin, Switzer is 72-years-old. And though he understands the jokes are to be expected, they shouldn’t cloud anyone’s perception of the Architect of the Tampa 2 defense.

    "I get the age jokes, I do,'' Switzer said. "But they get in the way of evaluating the man. I wouldn't bother much with the jokes, even though they are funny. They get in the way of evaluating the guy. And when you evaluate Monte, he's outstanding. One of the sharpest guys in the history of the game. And all he cares about is football. Nothing else. Football.''

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