Cowboys hire Monte Kiffin as Defensive Coordinator

Cowboys hire Monte Kiffin as Defensive Coordinator

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Assistant head coach Monte Kiffin on the sidelines during the USC Trojans spring game on May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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by OR MOYAL / JOE TRAHAN / GEORGE RIBA / WFAA

WFAA Sports

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Team sources tell WFAA's Joe Trahan that the Cowboys have hired Monte Kiffin as their new defensive coordinator.

The 72-year old Kiffin was identified as the team's top choice for the position earlier this week, and he reportedly met with Owner Jerry Jones and Head Coach Jason Garrett. He has spent the last three years working as the defensive coordinator at USC, where his son Lane is the head coach. 

 The addition of Kiffin would signal an inevitable switch from the predominately 3-4 defense the Cowboys have run since Bill Parcells' arrival to the 4-3, Tampa-2 scheme Kiffin ran for many years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team's assistant coaches have been told they will need to interview to keep their jobs, and some are expected to end up elsewhere.
 
Team sources told WFAA's George Riba that a press conference likely will not take place until the full staff is in place. After the season ended with a loss to division rival Washington in week 17, owner Jerry Jones said the atmosphere at Valley Ranch would be 'uncomfortable.'
 
Rob Ryan was fired earlier this week, and the team did not wait around for his replacement.

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