The Dallas Cowboys lost interim defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni to the head coaching position at Connecticut, and they’re closing in on Pasqualoni’s replacement.
According to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, Dallas has formally begun contract discussions with in-limbo Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The Cowboys’ top defensive coordinator target may have been Greg Manusky, but he returned to the Chargers on Friday.
Ryan interviewed for the job earlier today. He runs a 3-4 defense similar to the system already in place with the Cowboys. Ryan would have full control over his side of the football because head coach Jason Garrett is an offensive mind. The same couldn’t have been said for Ryan under Eric Mangini in Cleveland, or Al Davis in Oakland.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirms Glazer’s report. All signs point to Rob Ryan as the Cowboys’ next defensive coordinator.