What they're saying about Monte Kiffin

January, 11, 2013
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The Cowboys made it official when they announced Friday that Monte Kiffin would become their new defensive coordinator. Here's what people are saying about the hire.

  • Former Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks to ESPNDallas: "If he didn't feel he could get it done with Dallas, and some of the personnel, he wouldn't have taken the job. However, I do know with their current roster, just looking at the size of players and the style of play that we played in, there's going to have to be some changes in terms of who they bring in to do what and a different mindset. Monte in the past, he's not been what I would call an aggressive coordinator in terms of his play-calling. He believes in discipline football, simplifying it, everybody knowing what you've been doing. Very similar to what Chicago is doing now."

  • Kiffin in a statement released through the team: "I came away from the interview process with Jason (Garrett) with a feeling that Dallas is the right place to be. He has this team headed in the right direction. They’re close, and I am confident that there are quality pieces in place for us to be able to get the job done."

  • Garrett in a statement released through the team: "I know Monte from spending time together with him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had a chance to see him coach up close on a day-to-day basis. His ability to teach everything -- from the smallest fundamental details to the big picture of the overall defensive scheme -- was always very impressive to me."
  • Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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