Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones all but admitted after last Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints that the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was a mistake. Ryan, who was let go by Dallas in January, soon found employment in New Orleans as their new defensive coordinator. The Saints defense has now risen from being the worst defense in the NFL last season to one of the best under Ryan. But could he have inadvertently saved Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett’s job in the process?
The Saints 49-17 blowout over the Cowboys in Week Ten had Jones thinking twice about his hasty decision to fire Ryan and replace him with aging defensive guru Monte Kiffin. The Saints offense destroyed Kiffin’s injury-riddled defense while Ryan’s schemes baffled the Cowboys already struggling offense. The game had everyone placing the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff on the chopping block. Everyone but Jerry Jones that is.
You see, firing Ryan was a rash decision by Jones. He now admits that. But knowing that fact will make him rethink any hasty decisions in the immediate future. And that could mean that Garrett’s job, as well as his coaching staff’s, my actually be safer now then ever before. Jones will simply be more cautious.
And that could be bad news for those who think Garrett should be replaced with a more experienced NFL coach this offseason. Or for those who would like to see more effective offensive and defensive playcalling anytime soon.