Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers 23, Saints 20

November, 30, 2008
11/30/08
4:06
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- The defense just won another game for the Buccaneers, but now the leader may be gone.

Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will join his son, Lane, who is taking over as the University of Tennessee's head coach, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Kiffin's been with the Bucs since 1996 and is the architect of the Tampa 2 defense.

That defense just shut down one of the league's best passing attacks as Phillip Buchanon and Jermaine Phillips intercepted New Orleans' Drew Brees twice in the fourth quarter to seal the game.

Kiffin and the Bucs haven't commented on the situation yet. I'll be heading down to the locker room and we'll see if Kiffin or Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden will confirm anything.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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