Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan prior to a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Did Rob Ryan Just Save Jason Garrett’s Job in Dallas?


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.

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  • JTracker

    Seriously what makes you think JJ has learned a dam thing? He makes emotional decisions, he’s always done it that way and always will.

  • thez

    JJ is a joke

  • SmartThinking

    The firing of Ryan by Jones was anything but rash.

    Following Ryan’s personal foul penalties in a mid-season game (I forget which) when he went onto the field, threatening referees and opposition players, Jones thought seriously about it then but was talked out of it.

    Ryan’s actions were indefensible and embarrassing to the Cowboys and to Jones personally. He set an ugly, uncontrolled example for his team and players. Frankly, if I’d been GM, Ryan would have been gone immediately after that outburst.

    Ryan’s defensive scheme is simply too complicated and so misleading that even his own Saints players are never in sync on any given play. The same held true in Dallas except he was working with a less experienced round robin of players.

    Couple that with his inability to control his temper and you have all the reason you need to get rid of him.

    I don’t miss Ryan on this team one bit. If you’re going to buy into Garrett’s “The Right Kind of Cowboy,” philosophy, then you can’t have a coach around that makes all your efforts look foolish.

    Hindsight is always a lot more eye opening than foresight. We can hold an individual debate as to whether Kiffin’s scheme has been good for Dallas or not.

    But, although I find it hard to say, I actually agree wholeheartedly with Jones’s decision regarding Ryan’ ouster.

    • californy

      Look at where the previous DC have gone and where they are at, Wade last Week had the number 1 defense in the NFL, and RR was 3rd in the league in pass defense. Yup those number hold up in year one with their team too, and dont forget they had the 31, and last place defense the year before..

  • californy

    I said it many Time JG is nothing but a buffer between Reality and JJ. JJ cant fire himself but he can fire JG. But JG serves a purpose taking the heat away from JJ being the NFL worst GM

  • californy

    In Green bay last SB run in 2 years they went from 4-3 to 3-4 defense and added 42 new player with 3 years of NFL experience or less. GB won the SB with as many as 17-21 player missing part of the season or all of the season during their SB run.

    That Same GM is in KC who was with GB during their SB run has the chief off to a 9-1 record, and they have 32 new player on that roster. Now back to reality and JJ, has us on course for another 8-8 season