Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin wants fans to reserve judgement on his 4-3 defense for now.
Kiffin’s defense was statistically the worst in the league in 2013, but Jerry Jones has said the 73-year-old will return for a second season with Dallas in 2014. Still confident after a rough go last year, Kiffin believes the Cowboys will benefit from experience within the system next year.
“It takes time sometimes,” Kiffin said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We were in a new system and we had some injuries. It was a combination of both. Still, were we excited about last year? No. But we’re going to get better. I can tell you that right now.”
In support of his argument for patience with the new system, Kiffin was quick to point to the recent history of the Seattle Seahawks: In Pete Carroll’s first year as head coach, 2010, Seattle finished 27th in total defense. This year, they finished first and are headed to the Super Bowl.
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