IRVING, Texas Hang around a defensive player long enough in the Dallas Cowboys locker room and there's a good chance you'll hear them get asked about the difference between current defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
While most note that both bring a lot of energy, one of the obvious differences mentioned has been that Kiffin conveys his message without swearing.
There's also the obvious age difference. Ryan is 50 and Kiffin is 73.
Defensive end Anthony Spencer joked on Tuesday that most of the 73-year-old men he has seen are unlike Kiffin because they're "rolling around in wheelchairs."
On the field, Ryan's 3-4 scheme is much more complex. Kiffin's 4-3 base has less terminology and trickery, allowing a player like Spencer to focus more on rushing the passer and less on dropping into coverage.
"I think Rob had a lot more schemes for doing things," Spencer explained, "and with defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and Kiffin, they're more,...