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By Danny Cox

Questionable choices are a way of life within the NFL, and those that are associated with the league don’t really wonder about them anymore. Well, most of the time, that is. Sometimes, there are those choices made that just leaves us all scratching our heads and that is exactly the case in a few decisions made on Friday.

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Defensive end Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants celebrates after defeating the New England Patriots 17-14 during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Cowboys hire 72-year-old Monte Kiffin to replace Rob Ryan as DC

Rob Ryan was fired as defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys just three days ago, but the team already knows what direction they want to go in. 72-year-old Monte Kiffin has been named as their new defensive coordinator after he resigned from the same position at USC just last month.

Kiffin, who turns 73 in February, spent 26 years as an NFL assistant coach including 13 years spent as the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He returned to the college ranks in 2009

“I came away from the interview process with Jason (Garrett) with a feeling that Dallas is the right place to be,” Kiffin said. “He has this team headed in the right direction.”

Kiffin’s record speaks for itself as he had the Buccaneers’ defense finishing in the league’s top ten for 11 of his 13 years with the team.

Titans fire the designer and creator of the “Music City Miracle”

A person that will forever have a place in the history books of the Tennessee Titans is the special teams coach known as Alan Lowry. He is actually the man that created and deigned the play that helped the Tennessee Titans make their way to the Super Bowl in 2000, and eventually went on to be known as the “Music City Miracle.”

Well, only his name will live on with the team as Titans coach Mike Munchak told Lowry on Friday that his contract would not be renewed. The 2012 season was Lowry’s 17th with the Titans, and his 14th coaching special teams.

Lowry becomes the fourth assistant coach to either be fired or not have their contract renewed by the Titans since the season ended. That doesn’t county offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, who was fired back in November. Munchak is making a lot of changes to a team that ended 6-10, and needs vast improvement in numerous areas.

Strahan, Bettis, Carter, Brown, Ogden, and Greene among Hall finalists

The finalists for this year’s NFL Hall of Fame class are all good enough to make it, but only four to seven new members will be selected on Feb. 2, 2013, the day before the Super Bowl in New Orleans. It’s kind of hard to believe that some of these guys are already at the point that they can be inducted, but they are all worthy and deserving.

Here are the finalists hoping to grab a spot:

Michael Strahan
Jonathan Ogden
Warren Sapp
Larry Allen
Cris Carter
Tim Brown
Jerome Bettis
Andre Reed
Chris Haley
Kevin Greene
Aeneas Williams
Bill Parcells
Charles Haley
Edward DeBartolo Jr.
Art Modell

Curley Culp and Dave Robinson are the two senior nominees hoping to make it into the Hall.

It is going to be interesting to see which of these great names actually make it into the Hall of Fame this year. While it is pretty much a guarantee that they’ll all go in at some point or another; there is no reason that all of them shouldn’t be heading in as soon as humanly possible.

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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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