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Former USC Trojans Assistant Monte Kiffin hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars

Kiffin was with the Trojans for a short time to help his son Lane Kiffin.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the upswing and in March, they added a veteran coach to strengthen their staff. It was announced that longtime NFL defensive coordinator and former Trojan assistant head coach Monte Kiffin would join the staff as a defensive assistant, adding a wealth of knowledge in the process.

Kiffin has been coaching in the NFL since 1983 and has complied an impressive resume that includes a trip to the Super Bowl from his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2008. Kiffin first broke into the coaching ranks in 1966 as a graduate assistant for Nebraska, and by 1973, he was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Kiffin's first head coaching gig came with North Carolina State where he served as the head man from 1980-1982. He tallied a 16-17 record while at the head post.

Following stints with the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, and New Orleans Saints, he joined the Buccaneers staff for 12 seasons before taking a position in 2009 as the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.

He then joined the Trojans in 2010, following the announcement that Lane Kiffin, his son, would be the head coach. Holding the title of assistant head coach for two seasons, he brought his famed Tampa 2 defense with him, one that prides itself on speed and causing turnovers. In 2011, the Trojans were able to hold 8 out of their 12 opponents to 17 points or less, heeding the principles of the scheme.

Kiffin will try to bring that success to Jacksonville as the Jaguars look to improve upon a 5-11 mark. They have shown flashes of brilliance under Gus Bradley, who has been given the task of rebuilding the team and getting them back to their winning ways.

However, they still have some work to do and the hiring of Kiffin puts them in a much better position to win football games.