Rob Ryan: “I’ll be out of work for like five minutes”

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.

— Long-time defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Tuesday. Two years after being relieved of his duties as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, the Dallas Cowboys have cut ties with the fiery, long-haired Rob Ryan. Ryan took over the Cowboys defense which was ranked 31st in the league and improved it by roughly four points per game. Led primarily by pass-rushing specialist DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys defense was fairly stingy early in 2012, but tapered off once injuries caught up to them. In the last two months of the season, the Cowboys signed eight defensive players to the active roster.

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(Source: ESPNDallas)

  • Harv 21

    Not sure Ryan is really a coach, as opposed to a hologram created by the sports media as slow day filler.

  • MrCleaveland

    I like the Ryans. We need a few non-corporate throwbacks on the sidelines.

  • mgbode

    if Jerry fired Rob after 2011 because he defenses gave up so many 10pt 4th quarter leads, then I would have understood better.

    as was the case this season, his defenses were pretty good at limiting things until they got banged up. the ‘Boys need another pass rusher and S help, but they have alot of good pieces and I thought Rob did a pretty good job with them.

    all that said, I want Rob with Rex in NY. that would setup some great press conferences, which we will be forcefed being they are the Jets anyway. might as well make them entertaining.

  • JHop

    Dick Jauron is the option for our D coordinator for the future. But if the new head coach brought in Rob Ryan next year, I must say I wouldn’t be that sad.

  • mgbode

    that means switching to a 3-4 defense though

  • SDA

    And in other news…. Bill Cowher announces on ESPN he will return to coaching. Let the rumor mill begin

  • Harv 21

    sent his jaw profile and spittle patterns to my buddy who programs the intersection cameras in Stongsville. Will keep you posted.

  • SDA

    Got laid off this week and this is keeping me occupied

  • Garry_Owen

    And by “Ryan,” you meant to encompass all such bearers.

  • Garry_Owen

    That sucks. Sorry for you.

  • EyesAbove

    With his personality, I always thought Rob might be a better head coach than he is a coordinator. Just a thought…..

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  • Harv 21

    Limited to that nuclear fam. This is why I lost all respect for Ditka when he challenged Buddy to a fight, and for Gilbride when he whined that Buddy actually hit him. Like, grow up, just worry about people of substance.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Which one is the hologram, Rex or Rob? I’m impressed by the way they were able to add/take away hair.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Maybe his brother will hire him that way the Jets have something else to distract from playing actual football.

  • bossman09

    Rob Ryan is a vegas gambler, and Jauron is a steady investor. Ryan will get you the occasion “big hit” where it looks like his defense is awesome, but his obsession with risk taking means he losses more often than not. Jauron is building something with a strong foundation that will last a long time. Not a lot of flash, but it’s obviously better. History and stats bear this out. Looking at the number of games Ryan lost for the browns and for the cowboys, it’s pretty simple to see.

  • Kenny_Chill

    It’s been several hours now and he’s still unemployed.

  • SDA

    its all good

  • Steve Davis

    How difficult is it to take a defense that is 31st in the league and make them better? How much worse can they get?