Cowboys Name 72-Year-Old Kiffin Defensive Coordinator, ESPN Says

The Dallas Cowboys agreed to make 72-year-old Monte Kiffin the team’s defensive coordinator, ESPN reported citing unidentified people.

Kiffin succeeds Rob Ryan, who was fired this week. The Cowboys (8-8) ranked 17th in the 32-team league against the run and 21st against the pass this season.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the report.

Considered the creator of the Tampa-2 defense, which relies on team speed and linebackers who can play in pass coverage, Kiffin resigned this season as defensive coordinator at the University of Southern California, where his son Lane is the coach.

He also was defensive coordinator of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings (1991), New Orleans Saints (1995) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2008).

Pittsburgh’s Dick LeBeau, 75, is the oldest defensive coordinator in the NFL.

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