Rather than tap recently fired head coaches or up-and-coming assistants, the Dallas Cowboys may take a more old school and radical approach to their defensive woes.
Two days after dismissing Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator, owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett are reportedly looking to bring in former USC coordinator and NFL assistant Monte Kiffin, according to NFL News.
If Dallas does hire the 72-year-old, it would almost guarantee a switch to a 4-3 defense, which the Cowboys haven’t run since 2002.
Jones fired Ryan after two seasons, and the twin brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was not afraid to give his side of the story.
"I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better," Ryan told ESPNDallas.com. "I (expletive) made them a hell of a lot better. I'll be out of work for like five minutes."
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Kiffin has served as defensive coordinator for his son Lane at Tennessee and USC over the last four years, but was fired in November after the Trojans gave up more than 24 points per game this season, including an embaressing 62 points to Oregon.
When he left USC, Kiffin reportedly said he was looking to get back into the NFL. His last stint in the NFL was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2008, winning a Super Bowl in 2003. Before that he made stops in Green Bay, Buffalo, and Minnesota.
Dallas has also been tied to former head coaches Lovie Smith, Romeo Crennel, and Dave Wannstedt.