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Jerry Jones: Offseason defensive change 'doesn't look good right now'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Jerry Jones is not happy with Monte Kiffin right now.
Jerry Jones is not happy with Monte Kiffin right now. (USATSI)

This offseason the Cowboys changed defensive coordinators, dumping Rob Ryan and picking up Monte Kiffin. After getting eviscerated by the Saints on Sunday night, that move doesn't look too smart. And Jerry Jones would agree.

Asked about Ryan's defesne on Sunday night, the Cowboys owner and GM said as much after the game, noting the decision to hire Kiffin "doesn't look good right now."

"They did great tonight, their defense has been playing good. We had our reasons for making our change," Jones said. "Sean [Payton] did a good job of getting Rob down here. He's as smart as can be. He's from an outstanding football bloodline. That's why we hired him two years ago for the Cowboys. He's that good a football coach.

"We thought it was best to go in the direction that we are, and it doesn't look good right now."

Kiffin's defense got flat-out shredded Sunday night. The Saints set an NFL record by picking up 40 first downs and the Cowboys coughed up 600-plus yards to an opposing offense for the second time in three weeks.

Jones knows all this. That he's so frank and open about his feelings towards the defense should make Kiffin's pants heat up pretty quick.

Jerrah isn't scared to make a drastic move and if his defense -- which is seriously injured but also has tons of high-priced talent -- is struggling, it wouldn't be shocking if he decided it was time to make a move.

Canning Kiffin during the Cowboy's Week 11 bye and promoting Rob Marinelli wouldn't be that surprising at all after Sunday night's embarrassing performance by the defense.

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