At 72, the Dallas Cowboys’ new offensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, is tied with Kansas City Chiefs defensive line coach Tommy Brasher for the second-oldest assistant in the NFL. But according to one of the youngest member of the Cowboys, cornerback Morris Claiborne, Kiffin behaves like a man less than half his age--and his energy is infectious.
“I hear guys saying he’s too old, and we should be wearing leather helmets and all that type of stuff,” Claiborne said, per TheTownTalk.com. “If you go into the meetings with him and on the field with this guy, you’d think he was 27 years old. He runs around. He’s always upbeat, and we feed off of that. He’s always screaming, hollering, jumping around like he’s 27 years old.”
The effect of Kiffin has, seemingly, only helped in the development of Claiborne, who was selected sixth overall by the Cowboys last year. And from all we’ve heard, Claiborne has made some impressive strides since we last saw him.
“I think he’s much further a long than when he showed up here last year,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s a good football player, very talented. Like with all rookies, there’s a lot to learn when you get here. I think he’s done a good job learning from the experiences he had as a player last year.”
(If you were wondering, the NFL’s oldest assistant is Steelers’ defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who is 75.)
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