Jerry Jones: Nobody I’d rather have than Monte Kiffin
Jerry Jones did not blame Monday night’s 45-28 loss to the Chicago Bears on Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
The Cowboys gave up 490 yards and 33 first downs while never forcing Chicago to punt the entire game.
But Kiffin is still the right man for the job, according to the Cowboys owner and general manager.
“He’s just got the right attitude,” Jones said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “Now, to be doing what we’re doing and to fix what we’re doing, there’s nobody I’d rather have than him and Rod Marinelli. And where we are today, to get this fixed over the next, if you would, week or four or five days … ain’t nobody I’d rather have to get it fixed.
“First of all, he knows what’s happening to us better than anyone. And if there are adjustments to be made, he’s the right man for the job.”
Jones even went on to describe some of the defensive adjustments that he saw in the second half.
“We tried to put more pressure later in the game,” Jones said. “We did hurry [Bears quarterback Josh McCown] up some. That did help us in the game. We did run some equivalent to blitzes, I’m not so sure if they weren’t just stunts, but still, we did make some adjustments there later in the game.”
What is probably most surprising of all is that Jones wasn’t critical of Kiffin despite his defensive unit being manhandled by an offense that Jones didn’t think that highly of.
“This team last night was, we didn’t think the kind of team that should have been able to be that effective against us,” Jones said. “I will say this, they’re a good offensive team. The quarterback was able to get the ball to all those big receivers. That really gave us fits and changed it up for us real good.”
McCown, a backup playing in place of an injured Jay Cutler, performed like a Pro Bowler. The 34-year-old journeyman completed 75 percent of his passes for 348 yards, four touchdowns and a 141.9 QB rating.