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Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:47:47 -0800
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is not disappointed in defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:17:53 -0800
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he won't shake up the coaching staff during the team's bye week in Week 11. Jones said defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin won't be fired and head coach Jason Garrett won't take the play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. The Cowboys were held to 193 yards of total offense in their Week 10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The team's defense ranks last in the league with an average of 439.8 yards per game. Jones believes the team needs to play more man coverage on defense. "You need to probably man up more in the secondary than we've been doing, rather than relying on zone," Jones said. "Because if we can't get pressure and we're relying on the traditional zone as you might mentally picture it, then that's a recipe for what happened to us the other night."
Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:54:31 -0700
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne is happy with new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and that Kiffin's age is not a factor for him. "I hear guys saying he's too old, and we should be wearing leather helmets and all that type of stuff," Claiborne said. "If you go into the meetings with him and on the field with this guy, you'd think he was 27 years old. He runs around. He's always upbeat, and we feed off of that. He's always screaming, hollering, jumping around like he's 27 years old."
Sat, 18 May 2013 11:09:33 -0700
Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr has played for four different defensive coordinators in his five years in the league. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will be his fifth coordinator to work under. "I've been playing for different coaches, different schemes pretty much my whole career in the NFL," Carr said. "I feel like it's kind of adding to my versatility. It's all about learning and trying to grasp whatever's thrown at me."
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:10:13 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys are likely to take a close look at defensive tackles at the draft combine this week. With Monte Kiffin taking over the defense, the Cowboys may look to find a Warren Sapp type player in the draft, which is good news since this is deep draft in that position according to Mel Kiper. "It's a loaded group," Kiper said. "You can also find defensive tackles in rounds two, three and four. If you need nose tackles, if you need three-techniques, you got it all covered in this draft."
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:31:45 -0800
Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has told players to watch tape of the Seattle Seahawks defense to receive an idea of what his defense will look like in 2013. "I kind of asked him what our philosophy and what the look of our defense was going to be, and as a prime example he said, 'Go see Seattle film and you'll probably learn a lot from those guys and just watch how they move on the field.'" CB Brandon Carr said. "That's some homework for me to do for the next couple of weeks."
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 05:34:01 -0800
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was head coach Jason Garrett's personal choice. "He basically sat down and said 'Here's the kind of coach I want,'" Jones said. "He did the evaluation. He basically said, 'Jerry, here's who I want to get.'"
Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:08:20 -0800
Dallas Cowboys DE Jason Hatcher said he could play either defensive end or tackle in the team's scheme under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Hatcher figures to be an important part of the defense in 2013. "He still doesn't know where I'm going to play yet," Hatcher said of Kiffin. "I don't know if I'm going to be the Warren Sapp in his 4-3 defense or not. He does have high hopes for me. I'm going to be a big part of this defense, so I'm excited about this role I'll have in this upcoming season. I'm going to embrace it and be the best I can be." If Hatcher plays inside he might have to stay at about 295 pounds to deal with the pounding of taking on opposing guards and centers. Hatcher is at 295 pounds now; however, he would like to lose some weight if he plays off the edge.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:19:13 -0800
Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is reportedly hopeful of getting Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to join his staff, although it is uncertain in what capacity he would possibly serve.
Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:35:47 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to become the team's new defensive coordinator.
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:40:37 -0800
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has talked with free-agent defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. The two sides are not currently negotiating, but that could change quickly.
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:00:22 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was interested in former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin for the team's defensive coordinator job but Kiffin was not interested in the position.
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:44:35 -0800
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is believed to be the leading candidate for the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator position. It is not known if Kiffin has been offered the job at this point.
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 10:09:14 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs may be interested in former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin for their defensive coordinator position.
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 10:07:31 -0800
There is a chance that the Kansas City Chiefs could consider former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as their new defensive coordinator.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:32:00 -0800
Southern California defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has resigned in order to pursue opportunities in the NFL.
Mon, 27 Oct 2008 07:00:30 -0700
Updating a previous item, Stephen F. Holder, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Jermaine Phillips (arm) could be out for an extended period after suffering a possible broken arm injury in Week 8. "We're going to miss him," defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. When pressed, Kiffin declined to be specific.
Thu, 02 Oct 2008 09:22:39 -0700
Adam Schefter, of NFL.com, reports Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis said during his press conference Tuesday, Sept. 30, that Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin wanted to leave the Buccaneers to join the Raiders.
Tue, 17 Jun 2008 11:38:12 -0700
Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Sabby Piscitelli is challenging to be a starter on defense, according to defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Kiffin said Piscitelli, who missed all but three games last season with a foot injury, has really improved this offseason. Piscitelli could win a job as the team's third safety. He will compete with SS Tanard Jackson, SS Jermaine Phillips, FS Will Allen, SS Donte' Nicholson and FS Eugene Wilson for a safety spot on the depth chart.
Tue, 18 Mar 2008 14:56:41 -0700
Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin attended University of Florida's Pro Day Tuesday, March 18.
Sun, 09 Mar 2008 18:21:42 -0700
The St. Petersburg Times reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said he is impressed with University of South Florida CB Mike Jenkins. "He can play man and he's got great man skills. We always talk about the Tampa 2. But like I said earlier, I can't teach speed. You can't teach a guy who runs a 4.8 (40-yard dash) to run a 4.3. You can work on skills, you can improve on catching the football. . . But the real good ones, they just have the hands," Kiffin said.
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 18:04:47 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is attending Senior Bowl practices.
Fri, 18 Jan 2008 10:41:31 -0800
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin signed a multi-year contract extension Friday, Jan. 18. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the contract is believed to be worth around $2 million per year. It was rumored that Kiffin was going to leave the Buccaneers to join head coach of the Oakland Raiders Lane Kiffin, who is his son.
Fri, 11 Jan 2008 10:20:56 -0800
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to re-sign defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Kiffin helped improve the defense from 17th to second overall in the league in 2006.
Wed, 02 Jan 2008 13:32:22 -0800
Scott Reynolds, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said he would like to stay with the team after this season, and said he does not want to leave to coach for the Oakland Raiders and his son, Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin. "Whatever happened in Oakland has nothing to do with me just because of the [last name] Kiffin. Believe me. I am totally concentrating on the New York Giants. I love the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I love Tampa. I love my son, but that doesn't mean I don't like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," Kiffin said. He is currently working without a contract for the Buccaneers.
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 07:25:51 -0800
Scott Reynolds, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin did not deny interest in the Nebraska head coaching vacancy when asked about the position following the team's Week 12 game. "Well, right now I haven't heard anything right now, so we'll just wait and see on that," said Kiffin, who was a Cornhuskers assistant coach from 1966-72 and the school's defensive coordinator from 1973-76. "You know, I spent a little time there, so we'll see."
Tue, 07 Aug 2007 15:26:22 -0700
Joanne Korth, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will likely implement a new nickel formation to create more pressure on the quarterback. The new scheme uses three defensive linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs.
Thu, 27 Jul 2006 06:08:08 -0700
Katherine Smith, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Christopher Kiffin, 24, the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, was arrested Tuesday, July 25, and charged with two counts of felony burglary. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail hours after his arrest on a $10,000 bond. Police said Kiffin broke into two vans earlier this week to steal money and compact discs. On the arrest report, Kiffin listed his employment as a coach for the Bucs. Team spokesman Jeff Kamis denied the younger Kiffin has worked for the Bucs in any capacity.
Fri, 13 Jan 2006 16:28:17 -0800
620WDAE.com reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday afternoon, Jan. 13, that defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has withdrawn his name for the St. Louis Rams head coaching opening, and will remain with the organization.
Thu, 12 Jan 2006 19:50:57 -0800
Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin may interview for the St. Louis Rams head coaching vacancy. Kiffin said Thursday, Jan. 12, he is contemplating leaving the Buccaneers for a head coaching job with the Rams, whose president discussed the matter with Kiffin during a conversation Wednesday night, Jan. 11. "I do have to weigh a few things out here," Kiffin told The Tribune. "I mean, I have a great relationship with Jon (Gruden) and Bruce (Allen) and the fans are great here. I really love the place and I think the future is bright." Kiffin's uncertainty aside, Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen seems confident he'll retain Kiffin.
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 23:11:21 -0800
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams wanted to interview Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, but Kiffin has informed the Buccaneers that he is staying in Tampa.
Fri, 25 Nov 2005 21:43:08 -0800
Roy Cummings and Katherine Smith, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2007.
Sat, 10 Sep 2005 11:40:47 -0700
The Pioneer Press reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has helped lead the Tampa Bay defense to top 10 rankings the past eight years. It is the league's longest active streak.
Sun, 28 Apr 2002 18:42:02 -0700
The Tampa Tribune reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting OLB Al Singleton and MLB Shelton Quarles have given coach Jon Gruden no reason to doubt the move he made last month when he switched their spots in the lineup. Singleton appears energized about an opportunity to showcase his skills. Quarles is expected to bring leadership and an edge to the MLB position. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is already touting Quarles as a potential Pro Bowl middle linebacker.
Thu, 24 Jan 2002 20:45:25 -0800
According to John Clayton of ESPN, new Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy may pursue former Vanderbilt coach Woody Widenhofer as his defensive coordinator. Reportedly Dungy prefers Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, but the Bucs won't grant him permission to pursue the Colts job.
Wed, 23 Jan 2002 17:32:40 -0800
The Tampa Tribune reports new Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy has confirmed to them he has asked for permission to speak to several Buccaneer assistant coaches about jobs on his new staff in Indianapolis. So far he has not been granted or denied permission by the Bucs. Among the assistants he likely has targeted to follow him are defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as well as several offensive assistants who already have been granted to seek employment elsewhere.
Wed, 16 Jan 2002 20:49:12 -0800
Updating an ongoing storyline, the New York Daily News reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed their interview with New York Jets assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum Wednesday. He is expected to be hired by the end of the week as the Bucs new GM, setting up the return of coach Bill Parcells. Another indication Parcells' hiring is imminent is the Bucs decision to begin construction on a multi-million dollar training facility by April. Reportedly, Parcells had it as a stipulation of him taking the job. Parcells is also expected to retain Monte Kiffin as Bucs defensive coordinator.
Tue, 15 Jan 2002 18:48:43 -0800
Katherine Smith reports for the Tampa Tribune Tampa Bay Buccaneers EVP Bryan Glazer denied reports the team's offensive assistants had been fired, while the defensive staff was retained. "The offensive staff is still under contract," Glazer said. "In fact before the season started we extended the offensive staff for an additional year." The Bucs assistants are in limbo, until a new coach is hired. Some speculation has Parcells retaining defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Many of the other assistants may decide to follow Dungy and join him if he gets a job with another team.