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
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.
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 email@example.com
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