It’s been a little over a year since Rob Ryan was fired. It came as a bit of a shock at the time, but fans tried to rationalize the move. Rob Ryan’s defense was at best average during his tenure in Dallas. It was seemingly unorganized and chaotic. As we all know, Rob Ryan went to New Orleans and found some success in his first year as their defensive coordinator. The Cowboys, under Monte Kiffin, had a terrible year and was ranked last in terms of yards.
Near the end of the 2013 season, fans were calling for Kiffin’s head. The defense was in shambles. Injuries plagued the front seven. Talented players were under performing. It seemed like every backup quarterbacks were having career games against us. The defense was bad and fans wanted change. Yet Jerry decided recently, that Kiffin shall stay. Perhaps Jerry is learning from his mistake of firing Rob Ryan.
I was very critical of Jerry, when Rob Ryan got fired. It made no sense to me. One reason I didn’t like the firing was because Rob Ryan’s system takes at least two years to implement. We fired him at the end of his second year, so I feel like we never got to see his defense in full effect. While Monte Kiffin does not take as long to implement a defense, he still needs time in obtaining personnel that fits his defense. Rob Ryan’s scheme was the exact opposite in philosophy to Kiffin’s. So it only makes sense that some players don’t fit in Kiffin’s scheme. Bruce Carter is the first player that comes to mind. One year is a very small sample size to judge a coach, I mean look at the Browns after they fired Chudzinski.
Like in the 2012 season, the defense was plagued with injuries this season. I think Jerry realized that missing your star defensive players can really hinder the unit’s performance. The main reason for Ryan’s downfall was because of all the injuries he had to deal with. Kiffin had the same problem this year, but he was not unfairly fired like Rob Ryan. It looks like Kiffin gets the benefit of the doubt, because Jerry realized his mistake of firing Ryan the year before.
I don’t think Kiffin is as good of a coordinator as Rob Ryan; however I do believe he deserves the benefit of the doubt. One year is simply too small of a sample size to judge a coach on. There were some flashes on defense this year, but we do need to see some consistency. I think it’s possible for Kiffin to succeed in Dallas, and Jerry does too. Jerry as a General Manager is learning from his mistakes. We can only hope it pays off.