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Cowboys fixture Larry Lacewell calls Kiffin a “coup”

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The Cowboys’ hiring of Monte Kiffin as their next defensive coordinator seems all but official, and now one of owner Jerry Jones’ closest confidantes is describing it as if it’s a done deal.

Former Cowboys scouting director Larry Lacewell told Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com the move was right up there with Jones’ best personnel move.

“Frankly, I think it’s the best hire the Cowboys have ever made,” Lacewell said. “Well, other than Jimmy [Johnson].”

Lacewell, who consults with Jones often, admitted he had a “man crush” on the 72-year-old assistant coach, and seemed to put far more stock in Kiffin’s work as the Buccaneers defensive coordinator than more recent results on his son Lane’s staff at Southern Cal.

“To fall into Monte Kiffin is just a gift,” said Lacewell. “To pull this off is just a coup. Whoever thought of this was real smart.”

The next set of questions will revolve around how Cowboys personnel would transition to the Tampa-2 style. If healthy, nose tackle Jay Ratliff would seem to be a nice part to begin building with in particular, as he’s better suited to penetrate and rush the passer than simply tie up blockers in a 3-4.

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34 Responses to “Cowboys fixture Larry Lacewell calls Kiffin a “coup””
  1. themanchine says: Jan 11, 2013 1:27 PM

    As a ‘Skins fan I’m more than a little worried.

    Wait, they still have Tony OhNo at QB?
    Ok, cool.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 11, 2013 1:29 PM

    Redskins are gonna sweep Dallas for the next 10 years. The Shanahans will send the old man to retirement faster than you can say sweep!

  3. stevemo says: Jan 11, 2013 1:29 PM

    “To fall into Monte Kiffin is just a gift,” said Lacewell. “To pull this off is just a coup. Whoever thought of this was real smart.”
    ———-
    Meanwhile, I’m hearing that an anonymous source has confirmed the idea was Jerry Jones and his alone.

  4. joetoronto says: Jan 11, 2013 1:30 PM

    “Frankly, I think it’s the best uplifting news the Cowboys have ever made,” Lacewell said. “Well, other than Jerrah’s face.”

  5. geniusesq says: Jan 11, 2013 1:31 PM

    “Whoever thought of this was real smart” says the guy who thought of this.

    #Modesty

  6. trollaikman8 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:33 PM

    I read Coup and I hoped for a minute that Jerrah was sniped.

  7. pmars64 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:35 PM

    Dude must spend an hour on that the comb-over.

  8. ashutto20 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:42 PM

    If Kiffin does come to Dallas, our top 3 corners are man to man bump and run coverage corners…how do they fit into the tampa 2???

  9. 12strikes says: Jan 11, 2013 1:43 PM

    If the Pokes are .500 or worse by week 6, Garrett will be canned and Kiffin will be the head coach.

  10. blakebuchanan87 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:44 PM

    Kiffin is a coup, but I wonder if they intend to trade some of their corners to free up $ since his D is not predicated on having elite CBs.

  11. tv426 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:44 PM

    With JJ thinking he knows something about football and “running things” you could have Bill Walsh and Vince Lombardi as coaches and the results will remain the same.

  12. dwatkins69 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:47 PM

    I dont know about this one. USC defense didn’t look that great this year.

  13. thegregwitul says: Jan 11, 2013 1:48 PM

    I hope far more stock was placed on Kiffin’s coaching with the Bucs as opposed to USC. The Bucs had a dominant defense for a decade plus, with a dozen pro bowl players and at least a few soon to be hall of fame members. Kiffin at USC; not so good, in fact, the defense was a flat out disappointment.

    As a Buc fan, I love the guy for really building that all time great Buc defense. It’s not often a style of defense becomes so successful and copied that it becomes named after the team who defined it (Tampa 2). I didn’t like how the team collapsed right around the time Kiffin announced he would join his son in the college ranks, but the man is and always will be a Tampa Bay legend.

    Welcome back, Monte.

  14. seahawkbias says: Jan 11, 2013 1:49 PM

    I hope he is coaching the 2002 Cowboys. If they meant next season, 2013, they are now officially hired a General from the last war to fight the next one.

    Let me guess: Tampa 2? How creative. The entire NFC Least is so delusional thinking that they are not old, outmoded, soft and poorly run.

    Give me the Hawks,Niners – hell even the Rams over any team in the NFC Least next year.

  15. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 11, 2013 1:54 PM

    And this guy needs to be drug tested.

  16. 480volt says: Jan 11, 2013 1:57 PM

    Guys, listen rg3 is going to be fine. He is young and the doc is good. Quit worrying. If the season starts and he isn’t ready then we can start to worry.

  17. skoodsports says: Jan 11, 2013 2:04 PM

    Kiffin knows what a coup is like. He was part of the Bay of Pigs.

  18. chattanola says: Jan 11, 2013 2:07 PM

    “To fall into Monte Kiffin is just a gift,” said Lacewell. “To pull this off is just a coup. Whoever thought of this was real smart.”

    Wow, see what he did there? In one sound bite he manages to shamelessly flatter everyone involved.

    Masterful!

  19. legeisyaj says: Jan 11, 2013 2:08 PM

    Meaningless.

  20. reasonableeaglefan says: Jan 11, 2013 2:13 PM

    “If healthy, nose tackle Jay Ratliff would seem to be a nice part to begin building with in particular, as he’s better suited to penetrate and rush the passer than simply tie up blockers in a 3-4.”

    Good thing they’ve figured out what do with their injury prone NT. Now lets decide what to do with Ware on 1st and 2nd down, and is Lee a 4-3 Mike or Will. Maybe they should have stuck with a system that fit the players.

  21. hrmlss says: Jan 11, 2013 2:23 PM

    He called him a “Kook” ? Sounds about right!

  22. purplekoolaid1 says: Jan 11, 2013 2:23 PM

    This man seriously needs to visit this site more and understand that sometimes a toupee is completely acceptable and needed in some situations.

  23. bucrightoff says: Jan 11, 2013 2:26 PM

    Still without question the most delusional team/fanbase in sports. Laker fans right now think these guys are delusional.

  24. whatwouldaldavisdo says: Jan 11, 2013 2:40 PM

    Uh… if this is a coup, then the government that is Jerrah is being pushed out of control, right? If not, then NO this is not a coup d’etat and the guy that thought of using that word is a dummy.

  25. bunjy96 says: Jan 11, 2013 2:44 PM

    Could be a big mistake if present key defensive players can’t (won’t) make the adjustment to the Tampa2 and all it involves.

    Kiffin is Tampa2, but rarely uses anything else. Maybe some minor variations.

    It’s still alive and well in Chicago.

    Are the Cowboys going after Marinelli also?

  26. rayguyreturns says: Jan 11, 2013 2:57 PM

    I understand the Kiffin- Tampa connection,but remember, Oregon put up 62 points on his “D” this last season.

  27. mazblast says: Jan 11, 2013 3:09 PM

    Larry Lacewell. Wow. I haven’t heard that name since he was one of Barry Switzer’s sycophants at Oklahoma 30 years ago. Back then, one of the primary things that got you a job on Ol’ Beady Eyes’ staff was how hot your wife was (and from what I heard, whether she’d sleep with the coach).

    But, if one of Ol’ Barry and JJ’s buddies from their Arkansas days says something is perfect, it must be perfect.

    Personally, I’ll reserve judgment until I see how Kiffin fits these square peg players into the round holes of his defensive philosophy.

  28. mazblast says: Jan 11, 2013 3:11 PM

    bucrightoff says:

    Still without question the most delusional team/fanbase in sports. Laker fans right now think these guys are delusional.
    ———————————–
    Lakers, Cowboys, Yankees. That’s a tough fight for most entitled/delusional fans in pro sports. If you want to add college sports, include Notre Dame football fans.

  29. jsrdc says: Jan 11, 2013 3:51 PM

    @logicalvoicesays

    Seahawks 24, 4skins 14.

    Enough said.

    You can sweep the Cowboys for the next 10 years, and they STILL will have more Lombardi trophies than your 4skins.

  30. divious24 says: Jan 11, 2013 4:29 PM

    All dumb judgement passed there are quite a few Tampa 2 defenses ran around the league that is just the base front, not meaning every play is all zones and it does work and Kiffin had succeeded with it and will again with the Cowboys

  31. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 11, 2013 4:40 PM

    Tampa 2 was relevant about a decade ago. I have major concerns with how offenses in the Pac 12 rolled up Monte and his USC defense. If you can’t stop college defenses in 2012, how you going to stop NFL offenses in 2013?

  32. TD Hawk says: Jan 11, 2013 6:07 PM

    Jimmy Johnson was right, until there’s a pervasive feeling of FEAR at the complex, the Cowboys will underachieve.

    Romo, you hold onto the ball too damn long (Parcells was exactly right), and I don’t care how many plays you make, you KILL US!

    Monte, welcome aboard, now stick a foot up their arses.

  33. samsjmail says: Jan 11, 2013 6:39 PM

    Yawn.

    We go from a 3-4 to a 4-3, but we didn’t have enough quality linemen to run a 3-4?

    Brandon Carr may be smart enough to play the “tampa 2″, but Claiborne scored a 4 on the wonderlic test before the draft.

    As long as Jerry Jones is making all the personnel decisions, it doesn’t matter who the coaches are, or who the quarterback is. Payton Manning couldn’t make the playoffs with this team. In fact, he couldn’t finish the season behind that o-line. Romo’s mobility is the only reason they didn’t set an NFL record for sacks allowed.

    The Cowboys won’t win another Super Bowl while Jerry Jones is alive. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is.

  34. docboss says: Jan 11, 2013 7:27 PM

    All Dallas needs to add now is two pro bowl safeties, outside linebacker and tackle for a great Tampa 2. I think Lovie would have been a better choice, especially as interim head coach mid-season.

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