Monte Kiffin

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Monte Kiffin
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1940-02-29) February 29, 1940 (age 72)
Lexington, Nebraska
Alma materUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Playing career
1959–1963
1965
Nebraska
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position(s)Lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966–1972
1973–1976
1977–1978
1979
1980–1982
1983
1984–1985
1986–1989
1990
1991
1992–1994
1995
1996–2008
2009
2010–2012
Nebraska (GA)
Nebraska (DC)
Arkansas (DC)
Arkansas (Assistant HC/DC)
North Carolina State
Green Bay Packers (LB)
Buffalo Bills (LB)
Minnesota Vikings (LB)
New York Jets (LB)
Minnesota Vikings (DC)
Minnesota Vikings (LB)
New Orleans Saints (DC)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DC)
Tennessee (DC)
USC (Assistant HC)
Head coaching record
Overall16–17 (.485)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
 
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Monte Kiffin
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1940-02-29) February 29, 1940 (age 72)
Lexington, Nebraska
Alma materUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Playing career
1959–1963
1965
Nebraska
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position(s)Lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966–1972
1973–1976
1977–1978
1979
1980–1982
1983
1984–1985
1986–1989
1990
1991
1992–1994
1995
1996–2008
2009
2010–2012
Nebraska (GA)
Nebraska (DC)
Arkansas (DC)
Arkansas (Assistant HC/DC)
North Carolina State
Green Bay Packers (LB)
Buffalo Bills (LB)
Minnesota Vikings (LB)
New York Jets (LB)
Minnesota Vikings (DC)
Minnesota Vikings (LB)
New Orleans Saints (DC)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DC)
Tennessee (DC)
USC (Assistant HC)
Head coaching record
Overall16–17 (.485)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Monte Kiffin (born February 29, 1940) is an American football coach. He is widely considered to be one of the preeminent defensive coordinators in modern football,[1] as well as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history.[2] Father of the widely imitated “Tampa Cover 2” defense, Kiffin's philosophy is one of the most influential in modern college and pro football.[3]

He, most recently, served as assistant head coach for the USC Trojans football program, where his son Lane Kiffin was named head coach on January 12, 2010.[4] Possibly due to the mounting pressure on his poor coaching records, on November 29, 2012, Kiffin resigned from his position to pursue other opportunities in the NFL.[5] He previously served 26 years as an NFL assistant coach, including 13 years as defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with whom he won Super Bowl XXXVII. His defensive units have finished ranked in the top 10 in points allowed and yards allowed 10 times during that period, an NFL record.[1]

Kiffin was paid about $1.2 million per year by Tennessee,[6] which made him the highest paid assistant coach in college football. He earned a reported $2 million annual salary from the Buccaneers[6] and has turned down several NFL head coaching jobs during his career.[2] To this day, Kiffin's only head coaching job was at North Carolina State University from 1980 to 82.

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Career

Kiffin is a native of Lexington, Nebraska. From 1959 into 1963, Kiffin was an offensive and defensive tackle at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In 1966 he played 8 games with the Toronto Rifles of the Continental Football League and also was a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers of the same league. After a brief stint as a defensive end for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Kiffin returned to Nebraska as a defensive coach. Kiffin was the defensive coordinator at Nebraska under legendary coach, Bob Devaney. He coached the defenses of Nebraska's 1970 and 1971 back-to-back undefeated national champion teams. After then offensive coordinator Tom Osborne was selected as the head coach in 1973, Monte stayed as the defensive coordinator for four years. In 1977, he moved to the University of Arkansas, and then in 1980, he got his one and only head coaching job at North Carolina State University.

Kiffin then began a series of short stints in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings (twice), New York Jets, and New Orleans Saints. In 1996, he became the defensive coordinator for the Bucs.[7]

After Tony Dungy was dismissed by the Buccaneer front office following the 2001 season, Kiffin was persuaded by incoming head coach Jon Gruden to remain in Tampa and continue to run his defense. Kiffin had been interviewed for a head coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers. With the seamless transition on defense allowing the new coaching staff to focus intently on a more potent offensive philosophy, the result was an immediate balance between offense and defense that carried the Buccaneers to the organization's first championship in Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003 in San Diego, California.

Controversy has surrounded Kiffin's departure from Tampa Bay. After Lane Kiffin signed with Tennessee, Tampa's typically stout defense underperformed. The Bucs lost their final four games of the 2008 season, ending up 9–7, and missed the playoffs. Before this, no NFL team had ever missed the playoffs after achieving a record of 9–3. Reports stated that Gruden refused to allow Kiffin to announce his departure to Tennessee mid-season. Allegations were made that Kiffin refused to participate in normal coaching meetings. Neither Kiffin nor Jon Gruden have openly discussed these events.

Monte joined the University of Southern California coaching staff as defensive coordinator, after his son Lane Kiffin became the head coach.[8]

Defensive philosophy

Monte Kiffin is the mastermind behind the Tampa 2 scheme, which is a slight modification of Tony Dungy's Cover 2. His defensive philosophy has several hallmarks.

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1980–1982)
1980NC State6–53–33rd
1981NC State4–72–45th
1982NC State6–53–3T–3rd
NC State:16–17 (.485)8–10 (.444)
Total:16–17 (.485)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Floyd Peters
Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator
1991
Succeeded by
Tony Dungy
Preceded by
Steve Sidwell
New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator
1995
Succeeded by
Jim Haslett
Preceded by
Rusty Tillman
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator
1996–2008
Succeeded by
Jim Bates