Dallas Cowboys Next Head Coach Should Be Rob Ryan

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New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan with father Buddy Ryan and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan – William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports

First of all, Jones could fix a moral error in short order, thus resting his highly fragile ego that certainly has it’s share of loyalty as it’s candy shell.

Finally, Jones would have a true head coach that also brings with him some proof in the pudding—and Ryan looks like he can pack away some pudding.

I’m not going to waste much time discussing Garrett, but I’ll simply add that there is and was little, if anything, suggesting that he’s even head coaching material, let alone destined to be a successful one.

We know that Garrett played football at Princeton, which is not exactly the same as lining up in the SEC on Saturdays, and hardly ever touched the field again thereafter.

We know that Garrett’s father, Jim, was a scout for the Cowboys from 1987 through 2004. He also served as an assistant coach for the New York Giants, New Orleans, and Cleveland Browns from the early 1970s to 1984. Almost all of those teams were awful.

Brothers John and Judd were never factors in the NFL as players, but the former was asked to leave the Cowboys as tight ends coach following last season. John now coaches wide receivers in Tampa Bay for the Buccaneers—check out their record, just for a goof.

A third brother is an English teacher.

All we can see here is some good educations and a whole lot of hanging around in the NFL for no obvious reasons. Nowhere is there anything but an aura of Ivy League privilege and connections—this is not to say that the Garrett’s aren’t hard working people, but where’s the true football goods?

Now, let’s examine the Ryan family tree.

It all starts with father Buddy, a man Dallas fans of longer than a decade probably know quite well. The eldest Ryan authored the only defense I can think of that’s still recognized, universally, by a single year followed by a single National Football League franchise: 1985 Chicago Bears.

No, Buddy was never quite the head coach that he was a defensive coordinator, but his five seasons leading the Philadelphia Eagles was nothing to scoff at. A lack of postseason success aside, Ryan still put together a defense that, by itself, made the Eagles a contender. On top of everything, Ryan is remembered as a defensive assistant that reached the Super Bowl with three different franchises, which includes the 1968 New York Jets and the 1976 Minnesota Vikings, in addition to the ’85 Bears.

Now, this is what I call a coaching pedigree.

Rob’s twin brother, Rex, is currently the head coach of those same Jets that Buddy won a Super Bowl with decades ago. It’s important to remember that Rex took the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons as head coach. With anybody other than Mark Sanchez at quarterback prior to this season, who knows where the only current head coach named Ryan would be right now.

So, what about Rob?

Jones may have stated this week that Garrett will again serve as head coach in Dallas in 2014. He made similar comments about Gailey during the final weeks of his brief, yet successful, run as Cowboys head coach.

What else is Jones supposed to say when repeatedly asked about the status of his seemingly “lame-duck” head coach?

Jones needs a winner for a head coach and Rob Ryan should be his choice. Ryan wouldn’t be a bigger name than Jones can tolerate—but Ryan might be the guy who steps up and tells Jones to back off, something Garrett has never seemed willing to do.

Can you imagine any Ryan we know of going through the kind of offseason Garrett just did without visibly and confidently maintaining his perception of being the true leader of the team?


Should New Orleans make a deep impact on the NFC playoffs, or perhaps another trip to the Super Bowl, Ryan could very well be one of the hottest prospects for a head coaching gig in 2014.

I simply hope that Jones spends as much time at The Landry Hat as he does listening to sports talk radio in Dallas-Ft. Worth.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett Jerry Jones Rob Ryan

  • SmartThinking

    Keep your day job, Mr. Blood. Ryan as head coach anywhere would be a monumental mistake if, for no other reason, his fiery temper and disposition toward making rash decisions. But, naming him head coach of the Dallas Cowboys would be like, well, mixing blood and oil.

    Ryan’s time in Dallas was intense and non-productive when you get right down to the facts. Oh, sure. People think his temper and brash attitude are refreshing and honest. Anyone who remembers Ditka’s press conferences while at the Saints, for instance, or the Bears, will tell you that attitude and intensity got old very, very quickly, particularly when all you wanted was a straight answer.

    Besides, if you’ll ever actually talk with a Dallas defensive player who will be honest with you, they’ll tell you that Ryan’s defenses were difficult to remember, complex to the point of frustration and not suited to the type of team Dallas was or is today. They’ll also tell you that half the players never knew, or blew, their assignments on every single play.

    Ryan needs to stay where he is and enjoy his success so The Peter Principal doesn’t come into reality. And you, sir, need to spend more time in the reality of real world professional football where mistakes cost millions of dollars and really bad mistakes cost you a half decade of losing when you could have done better on both accounts.

    • Angel

      Oooo burned em. Damn SmartThinking, that was smart. Heh heh.

    • grkorbel

      Lighten Up, Smart Thinking:

      If you need aquarium products THIS is your go-to guy.

    • Rod

      so you’re saying Dallas players were too dumb to keep up with his scheme as opposed to Saint’s players who clearly are smart enough to keep up? lol way to show team spirit…lol…and non productive? how many times did he have to bail your pathetic offense out of a game because your offensive coordinator can’t get it done or because the one good running back you have can’t stay on the field more than three games a year…or because your qb makes aberrant throws…

  • oneputter

    are you frkn kidding me?! he had one good year with our defense and then collapsed, just like he will in NO….

  • true cowboys fan

    WOW really this is a joke right ? or did your mom not hug you enough and your looking for a little attention c’mon on man get it together and stop this nonsense GO COWBOYS ! ! True Cowboys Fan for Life

  • IBleedBlue

    You are not a Cowboy fan, sir. You are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    Give the keys to the kingdom to a Ryan? Sure, while we’re at it, let’s allow Daniel Snyder to be our new GM and Justin Tuck to call our offensive plays. Pffffttt……….where do they find “fans” like you?

  • Rod

    I see all these negative comments from I suppose cowboys fans acting like it was good to see Rob leave…as indicated by your defense being the worst in the league and the saints defense being now in the top 5…you can say its a fluke…or you can say his coaching turned a league worst defense that was coached by a two time superbowl defensive coordinator into an elite defense despite numerous injuries and scheme adjustment…(he’s beating teams with nickel and 3-3-5 base defenses which typically are soft defenses at this level as opposed to the 3-4)…give the man his credit…Jerry made a mistake…prior to this team Rob never had the benefit of an elite offense to balance his defense…(neither did Payton for that matter)…you screwed up…now eat your crow and shutup…