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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has given embattled DC Monte Kiffin a vote of confidence.
"To be doing what we’re doing and to fix what we’re doing, there’s nobody I would rather have than (Kiffin) and (DL coach) Rod Marinelli," Jones said after the Cowboys' Monday drubbing in Chicago, where the Bears never punted. Firing Kiffin now would likely only make things worse, but it's hard to believe the once revered assistant will be back in 2014. The Cowboys have had their fair share of injuries, but their defensive play has simply been unacceptable. Big D has allowed 333 more yards than any other team. Tue, Dec 10, 2013 07:52:00 PM
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Cowboys hired Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach.

We don't typically blurb position coach hirings, but Marinelli is a good enough teacher to make a significant impact in Dallas. Along with new DC Monte Kiffin, Marinelli will bring a four-man front to a Cowboys defense that has long been a staple 3-4 team. Marinelli has gotten the best out of Simeon Rice and Julius Peppers, and should be able to maximize DeMarcus Ware's talents.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 06:40:00 PM

Cowboys hired Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator.

Kiffin will be replacing Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme with a 4-3 alignment, and is returning to the NFL after a four-year stint as his son Lane's coordinator at USC. Kiffin has 25 years of NFL coaching experience, but will turn 73 next month. His Trojans defense fell apart last season. Regardless, Kiffin has long been one of the league's most respected assistants, though he supposedly will not force his "Tampa 2" coverage scheme on CBs Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, who excel in press coverage. DeMarcus Ware will shift from outside linebacker to end in his new boss' system. Ware will be doing it without the benefit of an offseason, as he's recovering from extensive shoulder surgery.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Fox Sports Southwest confirms the Cowboys are "close" to hiring Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator.

Kiffin spent the day at Valley Ranch, meeting with owner Jerry Jones and staff. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Tampa 2 master will not force his cover 2 scheme on press corners Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. According to ex-Bucs LB Derrick Brooks, Kiffin "wants to earn his reputation back" after his Tampa defense fell apart once he announced he was leaving back in 2008. "I know that bothers him," said Brooks. "He is motivated in that sense."
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 07:48:00 PM

The Cowboys are reportedly focusing their defensive coordinator search on ex-USC DC Monte Kiffin, interviewing the former Bucs DC on Thursday.

Kiffin has emerged as the favorite from a list that surprisingly includes Cardinals DC Ray Horton, who is twisting in the wind following Ken Whisenhunt's firing. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was a backup QB with the Bucs in 2004 when Kiffin was running Jon Gruden's offense. The creator of the Tampa 2 defense ranked in the top 10 in fewest yards and points allowed a league-record 10 times. The Tampa 2 would seem to be ill-suited to Dallas' two major 2012 investments, CBs Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. The Chiefs reportedly had designs on Kiffin as their defensive boss, but the 72-year-old wasn't interested.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 01:48:00 PM

Cowboys fired DC Rob Ryan.

Jets beat writer Brian Costello first broke the news. Perhaps he got the surprising scoop from someone close to Ryan's twin brother. Costello advises to forget about a Ryan Brothers reunion, as secondary coach Dennis Thurman has already been promoted to Jets defensive coordinator. Ryan's Dallas defense was among the league's stingiest early in the season before losing several key players to injuries. For his part, Ryan believes he'll be "out of work for like five minutes." It may have been that kind of bravado that helped wear out his welcome in Big D.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 07:27:00 PM

The Cowboys are among the five teams accused of impermissible contact with players prior to the NFL lockout.

The Dolphins, Browns, and 49ers are believed to be three of the other four. The contact would've been impermissible even in a normal offseaason, as teams are not allowed to schedule "extra sessions" with players before the start of the new league year. This year, the new league year won't begin until there's a new CBA. The Cowboys had to pay an undisclosed fine.
Thu, Mar 24, 2011 09:00:00 AM

Cowboys named Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.

The move was first rumored on Friday, and finalized in the past 48 hours. Ryan oversaw the Browns' No. 22 defense in 2010. It's certainly not a blockbuster number, but as Schefter notes, they jumped nine spots in yards allowed (from 31st) while forcing a respectable 28 turnovers. Ryan also runs the 3-4, a scheme Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is committed to. Ranked ninth in yards allowed and second in points allowed in 2010, Dallas' defense is in surprisingly good shape heading into 2011.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sun, Jan 16, 2011 10:25:00 AM

The Cowboys are reportedly working on a contract that would make Rob Ryan their next defensive coordinator.

It's a best case scenario for Ryan, so we'd imagine he's all for it. He's never worked with as much talent as he'd have in Dallas. In limbo since the Browns fired Eric Mangini, Ryan would replace Paul Pasqualoni as the Cowboys' defensive boss. Pasqualoni has accepted the UConn head coaching job.
Fri, Jan 14, 2011 06:52:00 PM

The Cowboys reportedly have their sights set on Browns DC Rob Ryan to fill the same position in Dallas.

The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram confirms that Ryan will interview Friday. It's no surprise that Rex's twin brother's big personality would appeal to owner Jerry Jones, though his work speaks for itself. Ryan boasts the best track record of the Cowboys' candidates, and he appears to be on the outs in Cleveland after Pat Shurmur's hiring. Ryan would keep the 3-4 scheme intact in Dallas.
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 09:07:00 PM

Cowboys interim defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni has been hired as UConn's head coach.

Pasqualoni led a much improved Cowboys' defense for eight games after Wade Phillips was shown the door at mid-season. Vic Fangio iis likely to stay with Jim Harbaugh, and Greg Manusky is also interviewing with Chargers and Cardinals. Steelers defensive backs coach Ray Horton appears to be the fallback option in Dallas.
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 06:22:00 PM

Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton has reportedly emerged as a candidate for the Cowboys' vacant defensive coordinator position.

Horton can interview next week if the Steelers lose to the Ravens. With linebackers coach Keith Butler widely viewed as Dick LeBeau's successor in Pittsburgh, Horton's best chance for promotion lies outside the organization. He joins Vic Fangio, Greg Manusky, in-house candidate Paul Pasqualoni, and perhaps Todd Bowles on the Cowboys' list.
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 03:24:00 PM

ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys have talked to Stanford defensive coordinator Vic Fangio about taking the same position with their club.

Fangio has been a defensive coordinator for the Panthers, Colts and Texans and, helped the Cardinal to an Orange Bowl victory in his lone season there. He's predominantly used the 3-4 scheme in his career, making him a natural fit in Big D, but he's also a candidate to follow Jim Harbaugh to San Francisco. The Cowboys will also interview former 49ers DC Greg Manusky this week. Manusky was Wade Phillips' first choice as DC in 2007 before they settled on Brian Stewart.
Tue, Jan 11, 2011 09:04:00 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer predicts that Dolphins DBs coach Todd Bowles will be the Cowboys' next defensive coordinator once Jason Garrett is promoted to full-time head coach.

Bowles held the title of "assistant head coach" in Miami, so he was a bit further up the food chain than a run-of-the-mill secondary coach. He's also received some head coaching interest over the past few offseasons. Bowles' history with the Cowboys' organization makes him a natural fit in Big D.
Thu, Jan 6, 2011 09:43:00 AM

The Cowboys have reportedly received permission to interview Dolphins assistant head coach/secondary Todd Bowles for their own head coaching job.

Owner Jerry Jones interviewed WRs coach Ray Sherman Tuesday morning, so the Rooney Rule wouldn't apply here. Jones has a history with Bowles, who spent three years as the secondary coach in Dallas before moving on to Miami with the Bill Parcells group. Interim coach Jason Garrett is still considered the heavy favorite to lead the Cowboys in 2011. He could be considering Bowles as his defensive coordinator.
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 02:06:00 PM

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