LOL. You guys crack me up.
Tony Dungy was a defensive player, then coach, then system architect.
He knows our personnel a heck of a lot more than Monte Kiffin does. Kiffin has been recruiting and coaching collegiate players for 4 years. We hired him a couple weeks after the final Bowl game he coached in.
Kiffin is a good defensive mind. Certainly one of the best of the past 25 years. The problem is he is 5 years removed from any NFL coaching and wasn't really that sharp at USC.
Kiffin took this job because he wanted to get hired and quickly. Was a 72 year old really going to sit around for 2 years waiting on a perfect opportunity? Of course he took the gig.
We "may" be better on defense next year. With the injuries we piled up it's not hard to imagine being stronger. But it is also fairly silly to presume we'll be running anywhere near Kiffin's best defenses until he has a couple drafts to land players he considers important.
If Kiffin can turn this defense around over the next 3 seasons and we win a Super Bowl it may well turn out to be as good of a hire as Lacewell stated it was. But there is tremendous risk that next year goes sour and we are looking at an entirely new coaching staff.
It is very reasonable to expect we'll find a few guys who actually play better for us in the 4-3. But it is just as reasonable to expect we'll find a few who are not as good as they have been in the 3-4... especially since we have drafted for the 3-4 the past decade.