With all the emphasis of late being spot lighted on the teams voluntary workouts at an undisclosed location. And Tony Romo coming into his own as the team leader by spearheading the aforementioned voluntary workouts. Much of the news coming out of the voluntary workouts is how fluid the offense looks and how the offense shouldn’t have much of an issue with any problems if they should arise. This is all because the system being ran is nothing new for the offensive players. This is the same system that Coach Jason Garrett and the Crew have been running for the past few years. No fundamental changes are being added, only fine tuning and tweaks here and there.
The Dallas Defense, however is a whole other ball game entirely. This years is Rob Ryan’s first year as Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator. After Wade Phillips was fired last year during the season, Dallas promoted from within and waited til the end of the season to begin the search for a New DC. Rob Ryan’s defensive brings many exotic blitz packages, varying coverage schemes and defensive alignments. But an NFL lockout is currently keeping access to the voluntary workouts off limits to coaches. So the defensive players are left to fend for themselves when it comes to figuring out exactly what Rob Ryan wants after the snap takes place. At the moment players are looking at cards for pre-snap alignment. Bradie James and Keith Brooking are serving as substitute teachers in place of the vacant Rob Ryan. It’s safe to assume that, the brief 24 hour period the NFL lockout was lifted, James and Brooking were in contact with Coach Ryan and gathered enough information on the defense to fill the roll of substitute teachers.
So without Rob Ryan present, Cowboys players find learning new defense is challenging. “It’s kind of hard because we’re looking at cards,” cornerback Bryan McCann said Thursday while he was signing autographs before the “Balling with the Boys” celebrity basketball game at Trinity High School in Euless. “We don’t know why we’re doing it. We’re doing what the card is telling us to do.”
No new defense has been very successful in it’s first year of implementation other than the 1993 Houston Oilers. The Oilers led by Buddy Ryan’s 46 defense in its first years helped the Oilers win 11 straight games after dropping four of their first five games. Hopefully the Dallas Cowboys Defense comes around a lot faster than five weeks into the season…if there is a season.