Jaguars hire defensive coaching legend Monte Kiffin

The Jaguars are making their relationship with consultant Monte Kiffin official.

The 76-year-old godfather of "Tampa-2" and one of the most copied defensive signal-callers in recent NFL history, will be a defensive assistant with the team in 2016. Kiffin was most recently on the books as a defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, but was best remembered as the architect of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl winning defense in 2002. He consulted with the Jaguars in 2015.

The Jaguars also added John Benton (assistant offensive line) and John Donovan (offensive quality control) to their staff on Monday.

We've seen plenty of NFL teams do this in recent years, most notably in Arizona. The Cardinals turned to offensive coaching legend Tom Moore and defensive specialist Tom Pratt, who has coached in the NFL over six different decades. The Titans also jumped on the chance to hire defensive guru Dick LeBeau after he was let go by the Steelers. Institutional knowledge can be one of the most significant weapons a team can acquire in a league of constant change.

The only real takeaway here is that it can't hurt. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley already has a great working relationship with Kiffin, and was on Kiffin's staff for three years as a linebackers coach. Bradley also spent a lot of money revamping his defense this offseason and needs to take a big step forward with the unit if the Jaguars are finally going to make the leap 2016.

Fifty years of coaching experience from Kiffin should help matters.

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