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Kiffin recalls Tomlin's 'it factor'

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07:03 AM ET 06.17 | Monte Kiffin is back in the NFL, and the Cowboys defensive coordinator brings a trove of stories with him. People don't often consider Kiffin when they talk about "coaching trees" because he always has been an assistant himself. But Kiffin's coaching tree is a virtual Giant Redwood. ... [On Mike Tomlin:] "[We] heard about a young guy at the University of Cincinnati by the name of Mike Tomlin. Rick Minter was the head coach. I had worked with him. ... So I called Mike, and I said, 'This is Coach Kiffin from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.' He didn't believe it was me. He was outstanding in the interview. I took him out on the field. I call it the 'it factor.' Some guys just have it. You can feel it. Mike was 29 at the time."

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June 17, 2013  07:45 AM ET

Tomlin could use some more of "it" these days

June 17, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Pittsburgh is a tough job, because they simply will not pay players outside of a few spots. He can't buy his way out of an injury or a player not meeting expectations.

June 17, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Pittsburgh is a tough job, because they simply will not pay players outside of a few spots. He can't buy his way out of an injury or a player not meeting expectations.

They also don't get rid of coaches from mumblings of a few fans.... He's safe in Pittsburg.

June 17, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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They also don't get rid of coaches from mumblings of a few fans.... He's safe in Pittsburg.

Yup, they are exceptional organization. That they kept the alleged rapist bothered me, but I'm sure it bothered them a little too.

June 17, 2013  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Pittsburgh is a tough job, because they simply will not pay players outside of a few spots. He can't buy his way out of an injury or a player not meeting expectations.

If you mean that they won't overpay old veterns based on what they did and instead pay based on what they can still do, then YES that's Pittsburgh.

June 17, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Tomlin could use some more of "it" these days

Spot on...same for Kiffin...

But, Monte, with the right talent and Marinelli assisting him from the Bears, they could really make some noise in Dallas...

June 17, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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they could really make some noise in Dallas...

How many times have we heard this before?

June 17, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

How many times have we heard this before?

In content/context, it is true... There will be noise in Dallas.

June 17, 2013  05:24 PM ET

8 and 8 seasons don't get "it"

June 17, 2013  10:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Spot on...same for Kiffin...But, Monte, with the right talent and Marinelli assisting him from the Bears, they could really make some noise in Dallas...

hope so

June 17, 2013  10:31 PM ET
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8 and 8 seasons don't get "it"

ur right about that

June 18, 2013  12:36 AM ET

I think he's safe for another 2-3 years.

 
June 18, 2013  09:06 PM ET
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Yup, they are exceptional organization. That they kept the alleged rapist bothered me, but I'm sure it bothered them a little too.

It was a huge deal. Dan was in town because he couldn't get a flight back to Ireland since the volcano had shut down a lot of flights. He was losing his mind. Because of the limits in the CBA, they were talking about how the team could suspend him for a season... like they'd have to suspend him for so many games, then put him on the non-football reserve list after that ran out.

Stores were marking down his jersey, some of them were like ten bucks. Other stores were returning the jerseys to warehouses. Lots of fans were mailing them to the team's offices or burning them in their yards and stuff.

Then Goodell came in and said that the league would have to handle any punishment. Seems the fear was that anything that a team did would (or at least could) be contested by the NFLPA, especially if it involved finagling a full season and the paycheck that goes with it, and that would set a bad precedent for other teams dealing with a similar situation.

Big Ben really has worked hard to rehab his image. Well, at least he stopped being a cad in local bars.

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