Former Buccaneers DC Earns Spot In Hall of Fame


Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, sort of.

Via’s Scott Smith,

“One of the greatest careers of any kind to unfold within the confines of Tampa Bay Buccaneers history will now be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame announced the 15 recipients of this year’s Awards of Excellence, a program that was launched two years ago to recognize significant contributions to the game by those outside of the ranks of players and head coaches. This year, one of those recipients is Monte Kiffin, the Buccaneers’ long-time defensive coordinator and the architect of one of the most potent defenses in NFL history.”

Kiffin spent 13 season as the Bucs defensive coordinator. He is the architect of the “Tampa Two” defense that dominated the NFL during his time in Tampa. Kiffin was honored by the Buccaneers in 2021 by being inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Buccaneers Owner and Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer leading up to his Ring of Honor induction on Kiffen’s time in Tampa via,

“Monte Kiffin led the Tampa Two defense that became the signature identity of our team in the late ’90s and eventually propelled us to our first Super Bowl championship,” stated Glazer.  “It was Monte’s coaching, leadership and ability to maximize the strengths of his players that elevated that defense to one of the most feared units of its time. Congratulations to Monte and the entire Kiffin family on this extremely well-deserved honor.”

Monte Kiffen’s Coaching Resume

Nebraska (1966–1968)
Graduate assistant

Nebraska (1969–1976)
Defensive coordinator

Arkansas (1977–1978)
Defensive coordinator

Arkansas (1979)
Assistant head coach & defensive coordinator

North Carolina State (1980–1982)
Head coach

Green Bay Packers (1983)
Linebackers coach

Buffalo Bills (1984–1985)
Linebackers coach

Minnesota Vikings (1986–1989)
Linebackers coach

New York Jets (1990)
Linebackers coach

Minnesota Vikings (1991)
Defensive coordinator

Minnesota Vikings (1992–1994)
Linebackers coach

New Orleans Saints (1995)
Defensive coordinator

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996–2008)
Defensive coordinator

Tennessee (2009)
Defensive coordinator

USC (2010–2012)
Assistant head coach

Dallas Cowboys (2013)
Defensive coordinator

Dallas Cowboys (2014)
Assistant head coach for defense

Jacksonville Jaguars (2016)
Defensive assistant

Florida Atlantic (2017–2019)
Defensive assistant

Ole Miss (2020–present)
Player personnel analyst

Career Awards & Highlights 

Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor
2× College Football National Champion – Nebraska (1970, 1971)

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