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December 11, 2013

Embattled and aged defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin on the idea of quitting: "It ain't happening."



By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Irving _ As the Dallas Cowboys defense continues to pick steam and roll like an avalanche toward record-challenging futility, just know this: Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett have no plans of making a move on aged and embattled coordinator Monte Kiffin.

And the 73-year Kiffin has no plans of quitting.

“Not  really. I don't think so. Hadn't really thought about that,” said initially when he was asked about possibly stepping aside as coordinator on Wednesday before gathering himself stubbornly and defiantly.  “I would say that would be kind of like a player saying, ‘let's throw it in, let's throw in the towel’. Or like telling your players, 'Don't play that hard anymore. Let's give it up.' It ain't happening."

Never mind that Kiffin's defense is on pace to finish as the second-worst defense in NFL history, behind only the 2012 Saints. The Cowboys have allowed 5,549 yards, putting them on pace to allow 6,829. They have the fifth-, ninth- and third-rated offenses left.

 Or that the Cowboys’ pass defense also ranks last in the league.

The Cowboys have allowed 3,880 passing yards, only 14 yards from the third-worst pass defense in team history. They are on pace to allow a team-record 4,775 this season. The NFL record is the 4,796 passing yards the 2011 Green Bay Packers allowed.

 Garrett echoed owner Jerry Jones on Wednesday when he said he still believes Kiffin is the right man to run the Cowboys defense. Jones made similar comment on his radio show on Tuesday, despite the horrible performance in last Monday’s 45-28 blowout loss when the Cowboys did nothing to slow down the Bears.

 "Absolutely," Garrett said. "Well, we just have to go back to work. We have to look at what happened in the ballgame. There were some technical things. There were some scheme things. We just have to make the necessary corrections. A couple of different times in the year we’ve had some bad games and games where we didn’t do what we needed to do on defense and we made the corrections and we played better. We simply have to do that again."

 Kiffin wasn’t quite as resolute when asked as similar question about him being the right man for the job.

“I don't know. I'm here right now,” Kiffin said. “I've got to be the right guy right now. I can't get into all that.”

Clarence Hill


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