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

Jerry Jones wouldn't want anyone but Monte Kiffin to fix defense

The Dallas Cowboys let defensive coordinator Rob Ryan go in the offseason, making him the scapegoat for the underachieving defense. They brought in Monte Kiffin and the defense is ravaged with injuries again and not performing again.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that he still thinks Kiffin can fix this defense. He reaffirmed his belief in the defensive coaching staff.

“To fix what we’re doing, there’s nobody I’d rather have than him and Rod Marinelli, and where we are today to get this fixed over the next week, two weeks, three weeks,” Jones said. “There’s nobody I’d rather have than him to fix it. First of all, he knows what we’re doing better than anyone, and if there are adjustments to be made, he’s the right man for the job right now.”

Jones said Kiffin is accepting the responsibility and not blaming injuries.

“He takes it personally. It’s hard on him. It’s very hard on him. He’s been doing it a long time at his age and he’s had a lot of different experiences,” Jones said. “He doesn’t in any way reject the responsibility. As a matter of fact, he invites it on himself.”

The situation forced the Cowboys into a corner where there is no margin for error and they need to win out to have a shot at the NFC East title and a playoff spot.

“That’s hard to take, and particularly hard to take under the circumstances. We start the weekend off thinking about really having a good situation as far as our next three ballgames are concerned, and now our backs are against the wall and we have a real challenge on Sunday,” Jones said.

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  • SmartThinking

    Jones is delusional. This mess is a lot bigger than a two or three week fix. The problems with this team go to the core of its makeup. And that’s on Jones.

    And the brutal truth is, Dallas doesn’t have the players to compete. They’re either too old, too hurt, too small, too inexperienced or too slow.

    This season’s fate is destined to be determined by players the Cowboys didn’t draft, never wanted and who couldn’t start for any other team.

    Buckle up Dallas fans. The worst is yet to happen with this team. And if Jones has his way, nothing will change.

    • Crewe

      When I say Dallas won’t win a Super Bowl under JJ, I’m always rebuked with things like, Jerry isn’t missing tackles and dropping passes etc…
      Well, yes, he is actually, and to your point, he thinks he knows how to build a team and he clearly doesn’t. Jones is responsible for putting the wrong guys in the wrong place to coach the wrong players. He has already admitted he is a terrible GM but yet we continue to be mired in mediocrity with no light at the end of the tunnel.
      I do however, think we have enough talent to contend and compete in the top third of the league, but Jones can’t and won’t get out of his own way.
      Here’s to years of futility and 8-8 records for a long time to come.

  • Earl Robertson

    You are exactly right

  • ctcowboy1968

    Fix over the next three weeks? The season’s over then JJ!

  • Old Frog

    Someone please start an online fan petition to boycott games, merchandise, and to fire Jones. I would but I don’t know how…