Kiffin joined Tony Dungy’s staff in 1996 as the team’s defensive coordinator and installed one the NFL’s most successful defensive schemes with what became known as the “Tampa Two.” Working with great players like Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Ronde Barber, among others, Kiffin’s Bucs defense was a perennial Top 10 defense that helped propel the Bucs to their one and only Super Bowl title in 2002.
Kiffin left the Buccaneers in 2008 to join his son Lane Kiffin at Tennessee and later USC. Kiffin was also a member of the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff for two seasons and is now back with his son Lane at Ole Miss.
Buccaneers.com released a statement from Tampa Bay owner and co-chairman Bryan Glazer.
“Monte Kiffin’s contributions to building and sustaining one of the most dominant defenses in NFL history were crucial to our franchise’s most successful era. Monte worked closely with Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden using his signature defense that became the team’s identity and was a key part of winning the Super Bowl. He was an outstanding coach, teacher and leader who consistently got the best out of his players and we eagerly anticipate welcoming him into our Ring of Honor this upcoming season.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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