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Jags Bradley values 76-year-old Kiffin as a defensive mind

Gus Bradley was so impressed by Monte Kiffin's input, he hired the 76-year-old as a defensive assistant.

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Gus Bradley was so impressed by Monte Kiffin's input, he hired the 76-year-old as a defensive assistant.

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Monte Kiffin always had an eye for coaching talent, discovering college assistants to bring to the NFL such as Lovie Smith, Mike Tomlin, Rod Marinelli and Gus Bradley.

That's why when Bradley, the Jags head football coach, needed to hire a defensive coordinator, he brought in Kiffin as a consultant. Bradley wound up promoting defensive line coach Todd Wash to that position, but he was so impressed by Kiffin's input, he hired the 76-year-old as a defensive assistant.

"When I got back to where we were going to hire a defensive coordinator, I looked at all the guys that he’s hired in his past, you know, the Lovies, the Mike Tomlins, the Rod Marinellis, the list goes on and on.'' Bradley said. "So I thought what better guy to have in the room with me when I’m going through this interview process? So he came over and after every day we’d talk. I valued his insight. So I told him, “why don’t you just stay here? You know our scheme and how we’re going about doing it and add some insight. So he sat in the defensive unit meeting rooms and we’d go through it all day and at night we talked. To me, I know Todd Wash felt the same way, we both valued his insight and his experience. Then I gravitated to where it spread through the defensive coaches, younger coaches were coming up and talking to him. Then I saw Greg Olson go and talk to him and get some insight on what he saw on different things. So I felt what a great person, first of all, and his wealth of experience on the staff. What a great resource.’’

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1:39pm]

    

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