By Scooby Axson
December 10, 2013

Monte Kiffin's Dallas defense is giving up 26.7 points a game this season. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) Monte Kiffin's defense is giving up 26.7 points a game this season, which is 26th in the NFL. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The Dallas Cowboys defense have given up 490 yards or more in a game five times this season and currently are ranked dead last in the league in total defense.

Despite those stats, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones says he stands by Monte Kiffin, the defensive coordinator who is in his first season with the team.

"He takes it personally; it's hard on him," Jones said on radio show Tuesday. "Very hard on him. He's been doing this a long time.

"At his age [73], he's had a lot of different experiences. With all of that in mind, he's just got a resolve and he doesn't in any way reject the responsibility. As a matter of fact, he invites it all on himself."

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The Cowboys still have a shot at the playoffs. At 7-6, they are one game out of first place in the NFC East and face Green Bay, Washington and division-leading Philadelphia in their final three games.

"To fix what we're doing, there's nobody I'd rather have than [Kiffin] and Rod Marinelli," Jones said. "First of all, [Kiffin] knows what's happening more than anyone. If there are adjustments to be made, he's the right man for the job."

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