Cleveland Browns linebacker Matt Roth generated a lot of buzz today with some comments he made regarding new Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Roth played for Ryan in Cleveland’s 3-4 defense, but with Ryan’s departure and the Browns reverting back to a 4-3 defense.
The move back to the 4-3 is not a move that Roth seems fond of. The free-agent linebacker says he would rather play outside linebacker in a 3-4 than stay in Cleveland with the new defensive scheme.
The link between Roth and the Cowboys was made whenever he delivered this high praise for the defensive mastermind:
“I challenge you to find one player who wouldn’t run through a wall for him. I love playing that style. I know Dick Jauron’s a good coach, but I don’t want to have to deal with no nonsense. Just want to come in and play, do my job and have fun. That’s a big factor in wherever I go.”
While Roth would consider a move to Dallas, I don’t think the team would be very interested in him. There are bigger positions of need and spending the money that Roth would want would hurt their chances at some of the other top free-agents.
It’s nice to see a guy like Roth praising Dallas’ new defensive coordinator, but I wouldn’t make too much of his comments.