Inside of Valley Ranch, word is getting around that veteran coach Monte Kiffin won’t be renewed by the Cowboys — and that’s not a shock.
After the Cowboys surrendered the third-most yards in league history last season, the Dallas D has turned things around under defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
Last year’s Dallas Cowboys coordinators were on “shaky ground,’’ we wrote the day after the end of the 2013 regular season. Now the ground has shaken and Monte Kiffin and Bill Callahan have been jostled — sideways.
The Dallas Cowboys have demoted defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, giving his title to Rod Marinelli, and hired Scott Linehan as the passing game coordinator who will call plays.
Our report from the end of the Dallas Cowboys that has ownership considering an amicable retirement for 73-year-old defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and an elevation of his lieutenant Rob Marinelli was always a ‘consideration’ and is still in play.
The Cowboys have been mum on whether or not defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will return in 2014. But Jerry Jones is certain about one thing: the Cowboys will not abandon the 4-3.
The Bucs move to hire Lovie Smith as their head coach sets into motion the wheels that while help determine who will serve as the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator in 2014.
Indeed, while Jones said there will be fewer changes on the staff than last year, and also said he’s in no hurry to finalize things, his unwillingness to commit to the coordinators seems to speak volumes.
Jerry Jones reaffirmed his commitment to head coach Jason Garrett on Tuesday, but the status of Garrett’s coordinators is still in limbo.
Sources tell 105.3 The Fan’s Mike Fisher that Garrett’s coordinators are on ‘shaky ground’ following the team’s third consecutive 8-8 season.
Dallas shut down one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks to beat Oakland, then let Chicago score on the first eight possessions of a 45-28 loss.
If the defense is going to improve, it will be under the direction of first-year Dallas coordinator Monte Kiffin, who Jerry Jones has complete confidence in.