ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys' defense finished the season ranked 27th against the run, 30th against the pass and last in total defense.
There were injuries, four games in which the opponent finished with more than 500 yards in total offense, four quarterbacks who threw for at least 400 yards -- and did we forget to tell you Calvin Johnson got 329 receiving yards and the New Orleans Saints set an NFL record with 40 first downs?
The man in charge of this defense, Monte Kiffin, does not want out. He wants to return.
"I don’t plan on retiring, I want to keep on coaching. I really would," Kiffin said after his defense played hard, compiling five sacks and forcing one fumble in a 24-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. "It’s no laughing matter, I'm proud to be a Cowboy. I'd like to get another shot next year, we’ll see."
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones, who fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after just two seasons, said he will not just take into account what Kiffin did or didn't do this season.
Said Kiffin: "I'm I thinking about it? No, I’m really not. I can still coach, I just coach one game at a time. I just want to coach another game."