Jan 192014

monte-kiffin3I think everyone expected Jerry Jones to fire defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin after the abysmal performance of his 2013 defense. The epic, record-setting failures of the Cowboys’ defense this season has been duly documented. Kiffin is a septuagenarian with a Super Bowl win in his distant past, but abject failure in the recent past, at USC and now in Dallas.

So far, the only coaches to leave have been kicking coach Chris Boniol. tight ends coach Wes Phillips, and offensive assistant Dave Borgonzi.

But there is no point in getting huffy about that. I might quote Hillary Clinton here: “What difference does it make?” (And that will be the first and last time I quote that miserable excuse for a human being.)

Changing coaches is not necessarily the answer in Dallas, since the de facto coach/general manager/team mouthpiece/brains of the outfit Jerry Jones is not going anywhere until he is relegated to the sideline in the sky.

ESPN writer Calvin Watkins makes a good point on the subject:

…In some ways, maybe Jones is making a statement by not making any changes. He knows his assistant coaches, including the head coach, are fighting for their jobs in 2014. Maybe that’s the best way to go. If Jones doesn’t make any moves, he’s really making a move, placing his coaching staff in a position to coach for their jobs.

Of course, this could all change over the weekend, or maybe next week in Mobile, with Jones deciding, along with Garrett, to let some people go. In this offseason, the Cowboys weren’t going to let defensive line coach Rod Marinelli out of his contract and Kiffin said he won’t retire.

It seems this coaching staff is determined to fix what ails this Cowboys’ team.

That could be a good thing.

Lucky for Money Bags Jones, hope springs eternal, whether there is any real reason for it or not.