Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin watches warm ups before the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT

Monte Kiffin says Cowboys defense ‘didn’t do a really good job’


The Dallas Cowboys were basically crushed by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. The Cowboys couldn’t get their offense going and they couldn’t stop the Saints from doing whatever they pleased. The Saints offense put up 625 total yards, 383 with Drew Brees’ arm and 242 on the ground.

“Well, a little bit of everything, run and pass, they did a really good job and we didn’t do a really good job, a combination of both,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said, via ESPN Dallas.

The Cowboys have the built in injury excuse, they were playing with out safety J.J. Wilcox, defensive tackle, Jason Hatcher and Morris Claiborne. Among the other many injuries the team has suffered this year like defensive end Anthony Spencer. The Cowboys lost middle linebacker Sean Lee to a hamstring injury in the game, and then his replacement Justin Durant left the game with a hamstring injury as well.

“We had a lot of young guys out there, there’s no doubt about it,” Kiffin said. “That’s no excuse. That doesn’t explain it. You still got to play better than that. This is the NFL. If you’re on our football team and you’re in there, you need to play like a starter. You may not be able to do it because you’re on the bench, but still, you can’t put on a display like that, it’s not good at all, not good.”

Injuries is what his predecessor Rob Ryan claimed hurt his defense last year. He became the scapegoat and fired after the season, and his new defensive unit with the Saints held the Cowboys offense to 193 yards.

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  • SmartThinking

    Well, thanks for the update, Monte. We were so busy hiding our eyes with our hands in horror from what happened last night, we missed the finer points. Here’s an update for you, ” I don’t think your defensive scheme is working too well.”

    • Jimmy D

      Don’t you think it’s a combination of a bad scheme and lack of talent though? I don’t like making excuses, but our defense is decimated this year. And last night was the first game where we got blown out. Even in the Detroit game, giving up pretty much the identical yardage, we should have won. Had the ball twice needing 1 first down to win & couldn’t get the job done. And although our defense gave up that 80 yard last minute drive, not having Murray killed us. Having Tanner and Randle to get 10 yards is a joke. Neither guy is a legit back in this league. And also, the offense & defense goes hand in hand. The inability of our offense to sustain any sort of lengthy drive & take any time off the clock continues to be an issue. Last night for example: we score a touchdown in a minute and whatever seconds. Surprise onside which we recover. There’s 37 seconds left in the 3rd. What does Callahan do? Instead of doing what just worked and drove us right down the field, he goes to a 5 wide receiver set, 3 terrible play calls, 10 seconds off the clock, game over. I’m not saying we would have won. But if we could have scored there and made it 35-24, we’re back in the game. Callahan is absolutely, probably next to Haley in Pittsburgh & that buffoon in Oakland, the worst OC in football. All that talent and he can’t find ways to get dez, Williams and Witten open?
      Don’t get me wrong here, our defense is awful, but injuries are killing us. And unless we return to the form from the Denver game, we won’t be winning many games.

      • SmartThinking

        Based on what I’ve seen since Denver, I’m more convinced that the Bronco game was the fluke for Dallas, not the other way around. This team is broken. The coaching staff was outplayed last night. Garrett mismanaged the time and game plan once again. The players gave up and/or were so outplayed that they gave up numerous unnecessary penalties. That demonstrates a lack of discipline by the players in not playing better and by the coaches in not fixing it. Kiffin’s scheme needs to be reevaluated as does Kiffin as a coach. Players like Carter and Claiborne aren’t playing up to their paycheck. Even Carr is struggling mightily. All this stuff leads somewhere. And just because there are injuries shouldn’t cripple a really good team. Instead those injuries should allow the back- up a chance to be great. None if that is happening here.and that’s really the shame of it all.

        • Jimmy D

          I completely agree with everything you just said. My one small reasoning as to why I didn’t think the Denver game wasn’t a fluke was because Callahan used every single offensive weapon available to us in that game. He was showing schemes & formations I thought he would continue to use. Man was I wrong on that one. And while I really like Terrance Williams, I honestly think they truly need another top notch stud wide out, like dez. Don’t get me wrong, I like Williams. But is it me or do you get the impression that he’s more of a possession receiver than a game changer? I could be wrong and it’s just me. And I would also like to see what Cincinnati does and what the Pats do/did with a double te threat. I’m a fan of Escobar. I know his blocking & rout running skills need work, but he made some great plays early in the season.
          And while I like Beasley, I think Dallas missed the boat on Welker. I really thought they were going to make a push at getting him. & also, I think they need that sproles, Bush, McAllister type back. That big game break type of receiver out of the back field to bring the safeties up closer. That’ll have our wide outs running more freely.
          As for our defense, yes, Kiffin does need to be reevaluated at season’s end. We’ve been torched by too many teams in all types of coverages. And last night was beyond embarrassing. Every single wide receiver, te and running back were wide open on every single play.
          Do you think Dallas should have made a run & traded for Jared Allen at the deadline and possibly Peterson? Not saying it would have solved our bigger issues. And I know how hamstrung we are with cap space. But word from the organization is that Murray is not the guy moving forward. Or do you think we should have at least tried to trade away dead weight players, like Hannah or Tanner or Randle to get some more draft picks?
          What’s your gut feeling about Garrett, Callahan & Kiffin for next year?

          • SmartThinking

            I’m on record stating that if Garrett isn’t gone by Chicago, then he will be by season’s end. There’s just been too much mismanagement of this team’s valuable assets and no meaningful positive results anywhere on this team. It’ll be a shame, really. There are many positives Garrett brings to this team. His ‘next man up’ policy is genius. His emphasis on choosing ‘the right guys’ is needed more now than ever before. Both Callahan and Kiffin should follow. Marinelli is my favorite and he and the special teams coach, whatshisname, should get stays. The defensive line and special teams are all that’s keeping this team going. All the rest of your ‘trading for this guy or that guy’ narrative I completely disagree with. Tom Landry built five Super Bowl teams with draft choices. They’re easier to train and you don’t have to break bad habits as much. They’re also significantly cheaper in the beginning. Yes, in my opinion, Dallas desperately needs a big time stud running back, ala, Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Smith or Calvin Hill, but I’m showing my age with most of these guys. I thought that little guy for the Saints last night was pretty tough. Add 8 inches, 40 pounds, cut his 40 yard speed by a second and give him a mean streak and that’d be my choice. It’s just my opinion, mind you, but you may be looking at Dez Bryant for only this year or possibly one year more. This blown disc thing could be a career-ender for a really unique player I consider a true game-changer. That’s why I continue to wonder why Austin is cooling his jets on the sidelines. Escobar should never have been drafted. The two tight end set isn’t working because Callahan won’t employ it correctly. If he did, Hanna is better at it than Escobar. And we could have used that #2 choice to fill any one of numerous much kore serious holes. Give Beasley another year. He’s going to change Dallas’ way of playing pitch and catch. Finally, I’m tired of the excuses and apologies made to us by this team. One third of this team is either too old, too terrible, too uncaring or too inept to play for this team next year. Jerry Jones will be paying for his bad draft decisions for years to come and the cap will only get worse and less manipulatable. But that’s what comes of having a mega-rich lightweight do your personnel selections for you.

          • Jimmy D

            I agree with that. I was just figuring by trading away some players we could have added more draft picks. I actually think the Packers game is the game I’m looking at as far as Garretts job security. I think we’ll beat Chicago. But it sounds as if Rodgers is back by then, which is still not assured, and we lose a home game to a Rodgers less Packers team or a 75 percent Rodgers led team, I think he goes.
            This past draft I liked & didn’t like. We needed to draft an impact de or inside rusher with our first pick. The center would still have been on the board in the second, probably even the third round.
            And I’m holding my position for this year’s draft, that if Jerry doesn’t draft anything but defensive players, This team won’t finish above 500 for the next couple of years. And then find that type of back you’re talking about in the later rounds. Especially since there’s no more premium set for running backs anymore, there will still be very good talent at the position in the later rounds.

  • californy

    Monte Kiffen should be fire he is on pace for 5008 yards of total pass defense making it the worst in the NFL ever..

    • Jimmy D

      He never should have been hired in the first place. Dallas needed a shot in the arm by bringing in someone fresh and innovative to run our defense. But, with the amount of injuries that hit us this year, buddy Ryan could have been the DC, it wouldn’t have mattered.
      But he definitely needs to go at season’s end.

  • californy

    I know someone would make the excuse about Kiffen injuries, NO already has 4 player gone on the season before the season even started, and they finished the game with first year safeties finishing the game.

    • Jimmy D

      First thing, it’s not an excuse, it’s a fact. And I hate using excuses about injuries when it comes to the NFL, because everyone has them. But what gets me, It was okay for the Giants, Pittsburgh & Atlanta to use the injury excuse when they were all off to terrible starts. But when Dallas’ injuries started piling up, week after week, it’s just part of football? And there’s no one who can tell me that if Dallas had their defensive rotation, which consisted of: Ware, Spencer, Wilber, Ratliff, Hatcher, Hayden, Bass, Carter, Durant, Holloman, Lee, Jones, Simms, Carr, Claiborne, Scandrick, Webb, Church, Wilcox, Heath & McCray, that we wouldn’t be better, that’s just insane to say. And yes, every team deals with multiple injuries a year. Cincinnati just lost 4 player’s, 3 key guys too. And look what happened to them yesterday. They lost a game to Baltimore, although they tied it up with a miracle, they would not have lost if those defensive players were there.
      And when you lose that many players due to injuries, that absolutely catches up to you. And no team in the league can withstand that many injuries to their defense and survive. Not Seattle, Kansas City, Carolina, the Jets, no one.
      And over the past 3 weeks, 10 Cowboy defensive starters and backups have been out. Still wouldn’t have beaten the Saint’s either way. But to think it doesn’t matter and comparing 4 Saint players to 10 on Dallas, that’s insanity.