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Monte Kiffin: Broncos loss is on me


The coordinator of the defense that allowed the Broncos to score 51 points last Sunday thinks that he and his unit are more to blame for the team’s loss than the quarterback who threw for 506 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

In most cases, this would not be a particularly notable admission since a look at the raw numbers makes it pretty clear which side had more culpability in setting the stage for the loss. Since we’re talking about the Cowboys and since Tony Romo’s one interception came in the fourth quarter, there’s been a bit more attention paid to Romo than the defense. That doesn’t make Monte Kiffin want the spotlight any less, though.

“You put that one on me,” Kiffin said, via the Dallas Morning News.

It’s a tempting offer. The Broncos scored nine of the 11 times that they had the ball, gained 517 yards of offense and converted 9-of-13 third downs over the course of the game. And it can’t just be blamed on facing a team that hung 52 points on the Eagles the previous week.

The Cowboys defense didn’t play well in the second half of their Week Four loss to the Chargers. San Diego scored three of the four times they had the ball to come back for a victory in the final two quarters ¬†and the Cowboys haven’t had a sack since the first half of that game. If those numbers don’t change, the Cowboys might not win even if Romo ups his production to 606 yards and six touchdowns.

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19 Responses to “Monte Kiffin: Broncos loss is on me”
  1. honkeyt says: Oct 9, 2013 4:56 PM

    I agree.

  2. conormacleod says: Oct 9, 2013 4:57 PM

    Romo is fragile. We can’t possibly let him think he blew another one.

  3. elwaysagenius says: Oct 9, 2013 4:57 PM

    And Romo, don’t forget him.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 9, 2013 5:01 PM

    This old man needs to retire. No worries. RGIII and the REDSKINS are gonna whoop your defense en route to an easy win. #HTTR

  5. rmodlin says: Oct 9, 2013 5:08 PM

    bad play call!

  6. chrismgillis says: Oct 9, 2013 5:12 PM

    I have been arguing that since the end of the game. Blaming Romo in this instance is just plain ignorant.

  7. keepongronking says: Oct 9, 2013 5:26 PM

    Im sorry but the Tampa 2 is horrible. No wonder it died out a few years ago.

  8. 700levelvet says: Oct 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    There’s been plenty of blame in Dallas for a couple of decades now. Why is this any different. The most mediocre franchise in sports…

  9. toybkshr says: Oct 9, 2013 5:52 PM

    So, Romo didn’t throw that PIC!?

  10. 32assassin says: Oct 9, 2013 6:06 PM

    According to Chris Johnson , fantasy points don’t matter,

    Romo’s 500 yds, 5 TDS are worthless, the only thing that matters is the fact that he gave the ball up and that drive led to them losing.

  11. dbfan4ever says: Oct 9, 2013 6:15 PM

    Romo was not the problem in this game for the Cowboys. Romo played a terrific game, although with Champ Bailey out, Von Miller out, Robert Ayers, Chris Harris and Wesley Woodyard left early in the first half which means that Romo was facing the bottom of the depth chart for the Broncos on defense.

  12. rodh32340 says: Oct 9, 2013 6:18 PM

    Hey Monte, wanna coach USC?

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 9, 2013 7:16 PM

    Kiffin is finding out the hard way that in 2013, this is not the same offenses he defended back in the day with the Bucs.

    I thought I was watching a game of NFL Madden on XBOX.

  14. metalhead65 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:43 PM

    sure blame it on the defense and not the guy who threw the pick when he had a chance to use the clock and march down the field and get a chance at the winning field goal. at worst they don’t get it and it goes in to ot. instead he he chokes as usual and gives the broncos the game.

  15. aldavisisthenfl says: Oct 9, 2013 8:01 PM

    That son of his is on him as well…..

  16. raiderapologist says: Oct 9, 2013 11:01 PM

    Monte has breakfast with Dick LeBleau and Marv Levy every morning, and none of them care about taking blame.

  17. dirtyvu says: Oct 10, 2013 12:59 AM

    I know people like to attack individuals. It’s human nature. Mob mentality. Bully from anonymity. but c’mon… How can anyone give the Cowboys’ D a pass? They’ve been a sieve throughout the season, making every QB in the league look All-Star. How can any team succeed when every week a defense gives up 400+ passing yards and multiple TDs?

  18. shatho1 says: Oct 10, 2013 9:55 AM

    Let’s just go back to the 3-4 defense

  19. flavadave10 says: Oct 11, 2013 2:51 PM

    All I’m saying is if Peyton’s INT would have cost the game for the Broncos, they wouldn’t be giving him the business like they are with Romo. They’d be apologizing for him and trashing the Broncos defense. Just saying.

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