The Dallas Cowboys' pursuit of legendary defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin may have started as early as last summer. A small delegation of Cowboys staffers attended a USC practice last August and came away impressed with how much energy the soon-to-be 73-year-old Kiffin still possessed, according to a source.
That's not to say the Cowboys expected Rob Ryan to fail, but perhaps they were at least getting their contingency plan together. Now after his unsuccessful foray into college football, Kiffin has returned to his comfort zone with an opportunity to repair his tarnished image.
His marching orders are to revamp a defense that looked completely unorganized much of the time under Ryan's watch. In fact, a good start would be getting the appropriate number of players on the field, although I was intrigued by Rob's 9-man look.
Even dating back to his days as defensive coordinator at Nebraska in the 1970s, Kiffin is known for building fundamentally sound defenses. Kiffin and Oklahom...