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Monte's last stand?

11/30/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- It looks like Monte Kiffin, the best defensive coordinator in the National Football League, will be leaving the league.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting Kiffin will join his son, Lane, who is taking over as head coach at the University of Tennessee. Mortensen reports Monte Kiffin will finish the season with the Bucs. He's been Tampa Bay's coordinator since 1996.

The Bucs haven't made any comment on the situation, but there are some in-house candidates if Kiffin does leave. Defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who has been mentioned as a candidate for coordinator positions elsewhere in the past, would seem to be the most likely candidate.

Another possibility could be former Tampa Bay defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. He currently is coaching the winless Detroit Lions, but could be out of a job after the season is over.