At one point during the 2010 season, Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan seemed to be a very viable candidate to become the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. And he could be a good one. Bold and brash like his twin brother, Rex, Rob Ryan needs only a 10-gallon hat to look like he walked right off the set of True Grit.
But Jason Garrett did enough on an interim basis to earn the permanent job. Now, Garrett needs a defensive coordinator. According to the Dallas Morning News, he’ll interview Rob Ryan for the job.
The fact that Ryan will interview in Dallas despite still being under contract as defensive coordinator of the Browns means that the Browns don’t plan to bring him back, and that the Browns will support his effort to get paid elsewhere so that the Browns won’t have to pay yet another former coach not to coach the team.
The real question is whether Garrett believes that he’ll be able to control Ryan, and to trust him. There’s a good chance that owner Jerry Jones will take a shine to this member of a coaching family that behaves like true cowboys, and that a strong relationship between Jones and the son of a former Cowboys antagonist could become a threat to Garrett, if the team struggles on his watch.