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CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Monte Kiffin knows Rod Marinelli can give the defense the jolt it needs | 2014 Dallas Cowboys coaching staff

IRVING, Texas – When Rod Marinelli thinks of the best thing Monte Kiffin’s done, it’s not the 40-plus years of coaching defense professionally and collegiately or the Super Bowl they shared together in Tampa Bay.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Monte Kiffin’s role has changed, but the Dallas Cowboys defense is in good hands | 2014 Dallas Cowboys coaching staff

Monte Kiffin doesn’t hold the title of Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator anymore, but he’s as fired up as ever. Just ask him. “I’m really excited. I’m really fired up,” Kiffin said. “I’m not down one bit. I’m really not. I can’t coach that way. I wouldn’t stay here. If I didn’t feel right, if I […]

THE TEXAS-2 MISFITS: Chippy the Hippy schooled by NFL professor Monte Kiffin

PHILADELPHIA – The first three rounds occurred not on only the West Coast, but actually in college football. The only thing relevant about Monte Kiffin vs. Chip Kelly is what happens at this level. The USC-Oregon stuff was an interesting side note, but doesn’t mean anything – and never did – when it comes to […]

EVALUATING THE TEXAS-2 DEFENSE: Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli coaching havoc and reaping rewards

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys are getting exactly what they want out of their new defensive coaching additions, while the defensive mind they let go is excelling elsewhere. Consider that a win through three weeks for both parties. The Dallas defense resides in the top 10 in the league in sacks and takeaways led […]

EXPANDING THE TEXAS 2 DEFENSE: Monte Kiffin prepping defenders for zone read offense

The Dallas Cowboys defense got a glimpse of the zone-read offense in the 19-17 loss to the Raiders last Friday and it wasn’t pretty. Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor six times for 88 yards in the game.  Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and his troops get a pass for that performance because they didn’t […]

NO LOVIE IN CHICAGO: Rod Marinelli gave up a chance to be Bears defensive coordinator to reunite with Monte Kiffin

Monte Kiffin’s first hire when he arrived in Dallas was Rob Marinelli as his defensive line coach. The two are reunited after a seven-year separation to try to return glory to the Cowboys. Kiffin and Marinelli were together 10 seasons in Tampa. During their time there, the Bucs defense was in the top 10 in […]

CARRYING THE TORCH: Monte Kiffin says Cowboys organization ‘reeks with tradition’, he and Marinelli soaked it in

Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli made sure they walked into Valley Ranch the right way -– by soaking it all in. “You walk through this, I mean, it just reeks with tradition here,” Kiffin said Thursday as he met with reporters at Valley Ranch for the first time since being named the team’s new defensive […]

MASTERMINDS REUNITED: Monte Kiffin thrilled to work again with "An Icon" in Rod Marinelli

IRVING, Texas – Monte Kiffin remembers well the chain of events that allowed then-USC defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to join forces with him in Tampa Bay, long before the duo would rejoin paths in Dallas. Kiffin became the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator in 1996, where he led a group chocked full of future NFL head […]

NO GROWING PAINS: Monte Kiffin, Jerry Jones not worried about 4-3 switch

MOBILE, Ala. – The switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense will come into effect next season for the Cowboys. Now the challenge becomes fitting the current personnel into that scheme, but defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and owner/GM Jerry Jones aren’t concerned about growing pains or the subsequent changes that alteration could cause for […]

DEFENSIVE CONFIRMATION: Monte Kiffin verified switching defense to 4-3; his coaches set for new season

MOBILE, Ala. – The second day of Senior Bowl practices are underway, with several coaches and scouts filling up the grandstands at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett has addressed the media. It does appear the defensive coaching staff has been set. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin not only confirmed […]

PLAYER PUZZLE PIECES: How the Dallas Cowboys current personnel fit Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 defense

A lot has been made about the Cowboys’ switch from the 3-4 defense to Monte Kiffin’s 4-3, and rightfully so. Although a great defense ultimately comes down to talented players executing a well-crafted scheme, it’s not as if elite players can simply line up at any position and succeed. If the chances of success at […]

SENIOR BOWL: Former USC safety T.J. McDonald recalls Monte Kiffin’s energy, dedication

MOBILE, Ala. – Former USC safety T.J. McDonald knows when Monte Kiffin’s around. The calling card Kiffin left around his office and the football facilities at Southern California gave him away. That calling card also symbolized the countless hours he dedicated to football during his three-year tenure with the Trojans. “He’s got these coffee cups […]

DEFENSIVE CROSSROADS: Dallas Cowboys enter new era with the Monte Kiffin hiring

So, Monte Kiffin appears to be the man in Dallas. The 72-year-old defensive coordinator truly is — with apologies to Steve Spurrier — the ol’ ball coach. Which means he brings a lot of experience to an organization that requires it. Perhaps the only assistant in pro football whose seen more than Kiffin is the […]

GODFATHER DEFENSE: Monte Kiffin named Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator

The Dallas Cowboys hired a big "name" as their defensive coordinator two years ago in Rob Ryan. That didn’t work to owner Jerry Jones’ satisfaction, so they found a bigger name. The Cowboys announced Friday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Southern Cal defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is the team’s defensive coordinator. The Godfather of the […]

TAMPA 2 TWILIGHT ZONE: Monte Kiffin doesn’t make sense for the Dallas Cowboys

Monte Kiffin is rumored to become the Cowboys’ next defensive coordinator. Would that be a wise move? The 72-year-old Kiffin, credited as the inventor of the famed “Tampa Two” 4-3 scheme, earned a reputation as one of the legendary defensive coordinators in NFL history during his 13-year tenure with the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay ranked among […]

KIFFIN’S TEXAS 2 DEFENSE: Passing up defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd at 18 was the right decision

It seemed like a perfect match on draft day. With a switch to a 4-3 scheme on the way, the Dallas Cowboys had a need at defensive tackle. Sharrif Floyd, who many saw as the top DT in the draft, surprisingly slid to the Cowboys at No. 18 (and 17 other teams for that matter). […]

AGING KIFFIN ON CAGING GRIFFIN: At 72, this ‘new’ defensive coordinator could bring the ‘Grampa 2 Defense’ to the Dallas Cowboys

Monte Kiffin is rumored to be the Dallas Cowboys ‘new’ defensive coordinator. Even his old players didn’t see this one coming. Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks said he figured the 72-year-old Kiffin would get another shot in the NFL. He just didn’t expect it to be with Dallas. "I would never have guessed Dallas two […]

2014 COWBOYS CAMP COVERAGE: Tony Romo update | Brandon Carr, Rolando McClain out; expect Ronald Leary soon | Rookie DeMarcus Lawrence sack-hungry

Tony Romo: Just starting to be the player I want to be | 8:07 | Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo talks about managing reps while at training camp, his injury status, and why he thinks his best years are head of him. (Watch | Listen) OXNARD, CA – For all intents and purposes, Tony Romo’s […]

MASTERMINDING A MARINELLI MIRACLE: Anticipating the Dallas Cowboys 55th NFL Training Camp | Overcoming historic 2013 defensive struggles | Defensive coordinator faced with restoring faith in America’s Team

IRVING, Texas – Defense … defense … defense. That will be the Dallas Cowboys battle cry when they land Tuesday (July 22, 2014) at Naval Air Station Point Mugu in Southern California. Defense … defense … defense.

MEET MARINELLI’S MAULERS: Loss of DeMarcus Ware means relentless waves of Dallas Cowboys rushmen | 2014-2015 defensive trenches outlook | Seventeen DL-men remain | In-depth Analysis

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys report to Oxnard for training camp in a few days (July 22). Several questions center around Rod Marinelli’s 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys 4-3 defense … including: Where will the pass rush come from after the notable personnel changes this offseason?

MUDDLED IN THE MIDDLE: Dallas Cowboys scrambling to set linebacker unit without star anchor Sean Lee | 2014-2015 linebacker position outlook | Eleven LBs Remaining | Analysis

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DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER UPDATE: Standout CB Tyler Patmon replaces injured S Marvin Robinson | Dallas Cowboys Injury Update 2014

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys signed their first player from the rookie mini-camp workouts last weekend in cornerback Tyler Patmon, an undrafted rookie from Oklahoma State. Patmon, whom defensive coach Monte Kiffin said reminded him on a “younger Ronde Barber,” turned more than a few heads last weekend at Valley Ranch.

TAKIN IT UP A NOTCH: Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr changed offseason work habits, determined to take over the league

IRVING, Texas – To say Brandon Carr’s ready for the 2014 NFL season might be a drastic understatement.

THE SHADOWS OF VALLEY RANCH: Will McClay has emerged as one of Jerry Jones’ most prominent voices

Will McClay, the Dallas Cowboys assistant director of player personnel who has recently ascended to one of the top positions in the organization. As the scope of McClay’s role has increased, so has the intrigue surrounding him. In short time, McClay has become the mythic figure of the Cowboys’ off-season.