Dallas Cowboys’ Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan may have some extra motivation to beat the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Apparently, he has a bone to pick with Washington’s Head Coach Mike Shanahan.
In an interview this weekend, Coach Ryan mention the fact that he believed Coach Shanahan purposely ran the score up on him when he first came into the league:
“Obviously, it’s well documented how great of a coach (Shanahan) is, and his son there. But you know, I mean shoot, we’re ready to go. We’ve faced him a lot. I think he used to run the score up on me when I was young. But we’re looking forward for the challenge. He’s an outstanding coach. And we got outstanding coaches here. And we’re going to get after it.”
After some research, I believe I found the game Coach Ryan is referring to. Find out more, after the break:
On October 4, 2004, the Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders at home, 31-3. Shanahan was head coach of the Broncos at the time. Ryan was in his very first year as the defensive coordinator for Oakland. In that game, Denver QB Jake “The Snake” Plummer passed for 3 touchdowns. Denver RB Reuben Droughns ran for 176 rushing yards and a score. How’s that for a “welcome to the big leagues” message? Ryan got his revenge later that year with a 25-24 victory over the Broncos in late November.
But Ryan’s record against the famed “Shanahan Offense” hasn’t been very good. In their ten total games coaching against each other, Ryan has only beaten Shanahan three times. Fortunately, one of those wins came the very last time they faced each other. That was back in November of 2008, before Ryan joined the Cleveland Browns and Shanahan moved on to Washington.
Ryan is amped up for every game anyway, but he might have just little more on the line for this one. As if the Cowboys vs. Redskins rivalry needed any more animosity.