December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys assistant conditioning coach Brett Bech tries to calm defensive coordinator Rob Ryan as he reacts to a call in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Fire Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan


Dallas Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones promised big changes in Big “D” after the team failed to make the playoffs last month. Apparently, he wasn’t just blowing his usual smoke. Earlier today, the Cowboys fired their defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan.

Head coach Jason Garrett had this to say about Ryan in a statement issued on Tuesday:

“I want to express my appreciation to Rob for all of his efforts and contributions to the Cowboys over the past two years. At this time, the decision has been made to move forward in a different direction philosophically on defense. I have an immense amount of respect for Rob as a person and as a football coach and I wish him and his family the very best.”

Ryan was on vacation when he was told he would not be returning to the team next season. His comments to ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon indicated the Ryan was not only shocked by the news, but upset by it.

“I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better. I (expletive) made them a hell of a lot better. I’ll be out of work for like five minutes. I think I did a good job and I think our staff did a good job on defense trying to compete with what we had at the end of the year. But the best job we did was when we were able to coach our starters.”

There is little doubt that Cowboy fans will be shocked themselves by the firing. Many believe Ryan’s defense was one of the lone bright spots of last season’s team. Especially considering the number of injuries the defensive side of the ball suffered throughout the year.

I believe the Cowboys would not have fired Ryan without having confirmed his successor. This could also be the reason for the delay in firing him. Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith would be an obvious choice as a replacement as he has ties to East Texas and specialized in defense while at Chicago.

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  • kurumba

    Dallas is on the right path here as I and many others have argued. BOTH Ryan AND Garrett should be gone. Both are incompetent frauds. Lets see who hires Barrie Ryan, lets see. The defence was erratic and inconsistent, all over the place. One week up next week down. Even before all the injuries. Ryan’s defences at Oakland and Cleveland were very ordinary too and Dallas had the joint fewest takeaways with the Chiefs. Ray Horton or Lovie Smith may fill the void here but Crennel too is worth keeping an eye on. I know Crennel had a rough time at The Chiefs but that was as Head Coach with no QB. Crennel was Belichick’s DC at New England so he must know something. Lastly to all the Washington lovers out there……. come on Shango & Gina & Oh And Skippy Bayliss…. Now what is their real prognosis given the crippling of Griffin’s legs? It was a matter of time for this to happen… Griffin has Chicken Legs – lean bent & bony and he may be wise to reconsider his future in the NFL. This structural weakness was noted during Draft Analysis but overlooked as Griffin’s potential was too tempting. I bet the Deadskins are feeling bad now given all the lost draft capital!

  • juz sayin

    Ray Horton or Lovie Smith would be great with Norv as OC ,Wow great move Jerry!