Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) – Monte Kiffin quietly entered the Dallas Cowboys’ team headquarters at Valley Ranch at 7:45 on Thursday morning, did so while being accompanied by head coach Jason Garrett, and spent the day at the facility discussing with owner Jerry Jones and staff the likelihood that Kiffin will soon be hired as the team’s new defensive coordinator, sources tell Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan.
Just two days after the firing of Rob Ryan – and two days after having a “short list’’ with multiple names on it — the Cowboys have narrowed their search with a focus on the 73-year-old Kiffin, known for his mastery of the 4-3 defense and his creation of what’s come to be called the “Tampa 2.’’
The Cowboys’ base defense under Ryan was a 3-4. They played some 4-3 last year, so the adjustment is not considered to be a full facelift. The Tampa 2 is about zone coverage and the team thinks there is also a fit there in terms of personnel.
Sources told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that the Cowboys planned to make a “dynamic’’ hire. Kiffin’s resume qualifies.