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Kiffin doesn't seem 72 to Cowboys players

New coordinator leading transition on defense Brad Biggs

Print This July 05, 2013, 01:14 PM EST

Monte Kiffin isn’t having any trouble connecting with players, some as many as 50 years his junior.

That is certainly evident if you listen to Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne, entering his second season, talk about the club’s new defensive coordinator. Practices and meetings have been upbeat and that’s always the way Kiffin has done business.

“I hear guys saying he’s too old, and we should be wearing leather helmets and all that type of stuff,” Claiborne told the Shreveport Times, according to the Dallas Morning News. “If you go into the meetings with him and on the field with this guy, you’d think he was 27 years old. He runs around. He’s always upbeat, and we feed off of that. He’s always screaming, hollering, jumping around like he’s 27 years old.”

The Cowboys are making a big conversion from a 3-4 scheme under ex-coordinator Rob Ryan to a 4-3 scheme. But it’s not as big of a transition as you might think because the team has the personnel in place to do it. Ultimately, schemes come down to players and the Cowboys have them in key spots with defensive end DeMarcus Ware, linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter and some talented cornerbacks, including Claiborne.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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