At 76 most people are sitting on the beach, playing golf and looking for early bird dinner specials before watching the evening news and retiring for bed. But former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin isn’t your typical 76 year old.

Monte Kiffin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Monte Kiffin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Kiffin recently accepted a position to be part of the Jacksonville Jaguars staff under his former pupil Gus Bradley who is now the head coach for the Jags.

“We are excited about Monte Kiffin joining our staff,” Bradley said per ESPN’s Mike DiRocco. “His wealth of experience and knowledge about the game will be a tremendous asset to our entire coaching staff.”

Kiffin helped Bradley in 2015 as an unpaid assistant, reviewing film, while also helping in the search for a new defensive coordinator earlier this year. Jacksonville ended up hiring defensive line coach Todd Wash for the job. Wash was a Bucs assistant from 2008-2010.

Kiffin left the Buccaneers following the 2009 season to become the defensive coordinator for his son Lane who was the head coach at USC. In 2013 Kiffin took over the same job for the Dallas Cowboys, but did not return after the Cowboys failed renew his contract following the 2014 season.

Kiffin was the architect for the Bucs Super Bowl winning defense in 2002. Hired by Tony Dungy in 1996, Kiffin was a driving force behind turning around a floundering franchise that prior to Kiffin and Dungy’s arrival, hadn’t been to the playoffs since 1982. The Bucs made the playoffs in 1997, one season after Kiffin took over a defense that featured John Lynch, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks.

 

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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jme0151
jme0151
5 years ago

Non article here.

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Sad story when a coach doesn’t know when to stop.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
5 years ago

Love the guy, but much like Lovie, he’s a little outdated.

inspecto
inspecto
5 years ago

I’m sorry that he announced his leaving in the middle of the season and the defense quit on him then. back in 2009 no class
Go Bucs !!!

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

I’m 62 and would love nothing better than to play golf everyday and go to the beach and leer at young college girls during Spring Break.
Lets see, 18 holes and looking at scantily clad girls in bikinis or watching a bunch of Neanderthals crunch heads and take showers.
Decisions, decisions.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

On a more serious note inspecto, get a grip.
Kiffen wanted to coach with his son and no one had a problem with that.
The team didn’t quit, it’s major weakness was exploited on a Thursday night game when the Panthers ran over the defense right up the gut.
After that, every team followed suit.