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Monte Kiffin agrees to become Cowboys’ defensive coordinator


Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett wanted Monte Kiffin, and now they got their man.

Kiffin has agreed to become the Cowboys’ next defensive coordinator, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports.

As the guru of the Tampa 2 defense, Kiffin will surely bring in a dramatic departure from the schemes of the previous defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan. Kiffin will shift from a 3-4 front to a 4-3 front, and the Cowboys’ secondary will learn to play in a Cover 2 defense.

The question now is whether the Cowboys have the right personnel for that: DeMarcus Ware has become one of the NFL’s best pass rushers as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but now he’ll be shifted into a 4-3 defensive end. And the Cowboys made major investments in the cornerbacks last season, signing Brandon Carr to a free-agent contract and trading up to draft Morris Claiborne, but they made those investments with the idea that Carr and Claiborne were the right fits for Ryan’s defense, not for Kiffin’s.

So for Jones and Garrett, bringing in Kiffin is a gamble. If the gamble doesn’t pay off, expect even bigger changes in Dallas a year from now.