by Jason Butt
July 17, 02014
Monte Kiffin does not have a fan in Brian Urlacher.
The former Bears linebacker, appearing on FOX Sports, said the Cowboys will be a better team in 2014 because Kiffin will not be calling the defensive plays.
“They’re going to be better because last year they were so bad,” Urlacher said. “They didn’t run any Cover-2 last year. Monte Kiffin was calling the defense, it wasn’t my man Rod Marinelli, who is going to be calling the defense this year, so it will be a lot of Cover-2.”
Kiffin was demoted to assistant head coach/defense, with Marinelli being promoted from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator.
Take Urlacher's comments with a grain of salt. He and Marinelli have a positive working relationship, with Marinelli being the Bears defensive coordinator from 2010-2012. It could be a case of the former Pro Bowl linebacker playing favorites on the issue.
But Kiffin was dreadfully bad a season ago. The Cowboys ranked dead last in the NFL, giving up an average of 415.3 yards per game. So Urlacher's right in that it won't take much to improve the Cowboys' defense.
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