At age 76, Monte Kiffin is far from finished. The master of the Cover 2 has been hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a defensive assistant after working as an unofficial consultant last season, according to NBC Sports.
This is quite the hire for the Jaguars and defense-oriented head coach Gus Bradley, whose team finished 24th in total defense last season and has experienced major upgrades in free agency, namely in safety Tashaun Gipson and defensive lineman Malik Jackson.
Todd Wash will still serve as Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator, but it’s interesting to see Monte Kiffin officially hired to the staff.
Keep in mind that Kiffin has nearly fifty years of experience as a coach, having gotten his first job back in 1966 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Nebraska. In the years since, he has become one of the most respected defensive minds in the game.
Kiffin served as the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2008, winning a Super Bowl ring during his time there, and more recently served in the same position for the Dallas Cowboys. Earlier in his career, Kiffin was also the head coach at North Carolina State for three years and went 16-17 (8-10 ACC) before serving as a linebackers coach for multiple NFL teams.
And now Kiffin is adding to his lengthy resumé in continuing his career with the Jaguars at age 76.
Just how involved he’ll be remains to be seen, but his wisdom will surely be welcome as the franchise looks to finally take a step forward.
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