Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired his defensive coordinator after a terrible 2012 season. It turned out to be a horrible decision.
Jones decided to do exactly the opposite after this season ('Opposite George' from Seinfeld would be proud).
A year after firing Rob Ryan, who molded New Orleans’ defense into one of the NFL top units in 2013, Jones announced he would retain defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who led the league’s worst defense this season.
“Do you discuss and get input about a lot of things?” Jones told The Dallas Morning News. “Absolutely. But what we did not do is have a big debate or a big management session regarding Monte Kiffin. We didn’t do that. That decision was made last year.”
Jones also decided to retain offensive coordinator Bill Callahan.
Even though Jones does not want to make the same mistake, it appears he has made another bad decision.
Dallas’ defense allowed 415.3 yards per game (worst in the NFL), plus 27 points per game (26th overall). The Cowboys allowed four quarterbacks to throw for 400-or-more yards, while New Orleans racked up 40 first-downs during a 49-17 victory this season. Dallas sustained injuries on defense, but Kiffin’s unit was arguably responsible for the Cowboys losing three of their last four games to miss the playoffs.
“It takes time sometimes,” Kiffin told The Dallas Morning News. “We were in a new system and we had some injuries. It was a combination of both. Still, were we excited about last year? No. But we’re going to get better. I can tell you that right now.”
Jones believes that, too.
"I had a guy tell me one time how to be successful, that no human can be right over 50 percent of the time on any decision, but it’s the ones that cut the bad ones off quick and let the good ones run long," Jones told The Dallas Morning News. "That’s hard to do. That’s hard, mentally, not mentally, but that’s hard to accept quickly to cut a bad decision off quick because we all know that the adage of the gold miner who walked away and the other one who took one more swing, hit the pick and found the gold streak and so you don’t want to quit. So it’s easier said than done to let your mistakes be go short and your good decisions long.
"You go then further to fundamentals and you look at the fundamentals of a Monte Kiffin and you look at the fundamentals of his work and what he is and you look at the fact that you’ve decided scheme-wise that you liked that in competing in the NFL today then that weighs you from cutting that short, and so the answer is, I didn’t want to cut it short over on defense."
Of course, Jones has been wrong before.
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