Even though it will mean a complete shift in the team’s defensive scheme, from the 3-4 to the 4-3 alignment, Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett is more than happy with the addition of Monte Kiffin to the staff in the role of defensive coordinator.
“Monte Kiffin’s level of experience and track record of success as an NFL defensive coordinator are unmatched, and I am really looking forward to the contributions that he will make to our coaching staff and our football team,” Garrett said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He has produced NFL defensive units that have consistently performed at a high level in a scheme that has stood the test of time. "
“Obviously that scheme will offer some changes to our defensive approach moving forward. I have spent the better part of the past two days in conversation with Monte regarding those changes, and we feel very good about our personnel being able to fit the philosophy.”
Garrett’s confidence in the move is helped by the fact that he spent a short time in 2004, his final season as a player, as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers--where Kiffin served as defensive coordinator.
“I know Monte from spending time together with him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had a chance to see him coach up close on a day-to-day basis,” Garrett said. “His ability to teach everything – from the smallest fundamental details to the big picture of the overall defensive scheme – was always very impressive to me.”
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