Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday he still has confidence in defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, following Monday night's 45-28 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Jones said in an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that he still believes in Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and the rest of the Cowboys' defensive staff.
"To fix what we're doing, there's nobody I'd rather have than him and Rod Marinelli, and where we are today to get this fixed over the next week, two weeks, three weeks," Jones said. "There's nobody I'd rather have than him to fix it. First of all, he knows what we're doing better than anyone, and if there are adjustments to be made, he's the right man for the job right now."
Asked about an in-season firing, Jones said he expects Kiffin to get to work at improving the defense to get the Cowboys to the playoffs.
"He takes it personally. It's hard on him. It's very hard on him. He's been doing it a long time at his age (73) and he's had a lot of different experiences," Jones said. "He doesn't in any way reject the responsibility. As a matter of fact, he invites it on himself."
Dallas is now a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, but if the Cowboys win their last three games, they win the division. The Cowboys play the Eagles in Week 17 on Dec. 29.
"That's hard to take, and particularly hard to take under the circumstances," Jones said. "We start the weekend off thinking about really having a good situation as far as our next three ballgames are concerned, and now our backs are against the wall and we have a real challenge on Sunday."
The Cowboys host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.