The Dallas Cowboys made their official announcement of Monte Kiffin’s hiring as defensive coordinator and put out statements from him and coach Jason Garrett.
Here is Garrett’s statement, as provided by the Cowboys:
“Monte Kiffin’s level of experience and track record of success as an NFL defensive coordinator are unmatched, and I am really looking forward to the contributions that he will make to our coaching staff and our football team. He has produced NFL defensive units that have consistently performed at a high level in a scheme that has stood the test of time.
“Obviously that scheme will offer some changes to our defensive approach moving forward. I have spent the better part of the past two days in conversation with Monte regarding those changes, and we feel very good about our personnel being able to fit the philosophy.
“I know Monte from spending time together with him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had a chance to see him coach up close on a day-to-day basis. His ability to teach everything – from the smallest fundamental details to the big picture of the overall defensive scheme – was always very impressive to me.”
Here is a statement from Kiffin, as provided by the Cowboys:
“I’m very excited about returning to the NFL and being with the Dallas Cowboys.
“I came away from the interview process with Jason with a feeling that Dallas is the right place to be. He has this team headed in the right direction. They’re close, and I am confident that there are quality pieces in place for us to be able to get the job done.”
-- Carlos Mendez