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Rob Ryan is your new Cowboys defensive coordinator

Like the last two single tipsy patrons at a bar when the lights flip on, Rob Ryan and the Cowboys needed each other.

The first three guys considered for the Cowboys defensive coordinator job took jobs elsewhere.   Ryan wasn’t going to be brought back to Cleveland, and there weren’t many coordinator jobs still available.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Ryan and the Cowboys consummated their flirtation Sunday when Ryan agreed to be the team’s defensive coordinator.   It may wind up being a nice fit for both sides.

The Cowboys get continuity on defense.  Ryan has experience running an attacking 3-4 defense and there is more talent in Dallas than he had in Cleveland.  Coaching in Dallas will give Ryan a nice stage to build his profile as he tries to become a head coach in the league.

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  1. realdeal12 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:19 AM

    Great move I was concerned that it was gonna get screwed up by JJ or Garrett. This should help our D alot!

  2. djeg07 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:20 AM

    hello middle of the pack to top 20 defense. ryan has never had a defense better than 15th overall. no matter the players cleveland has/had, he failed the final 5 games of the year against some bad, BAD teams. as they say everything is bigger in texas, well the belly looks bigger already.

  3. mataug says: Jan 16, 2011 10:20 AM

    here’s to 4th qtr prevent defenses!

  4. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 16, 2011 10:22 AM

    Funny first line, Gregg. But, I don’t know why Ryan was one of the “last patrons” in the first place. In my opinion, this guy is one of the best defensive coordinators in the league. At the very least, he was one of the two people who put together a gameplan that beat Tom Brady… the other being his brother. I thought he would get some head coaching offers this year.

  5. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:22 AM

    Will be sure to file this one under, who gives a crap?

  6. dolphins4 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:22 AM

    Rob Ryan to the rescue next stop Super bowl.

  7. spytdi says: Jan 16, 2011 10:27 AM

    Jwil444: Obviously you give a crap, moron. You clicked the link, read it, and then posted on it.

  8. stvang says: Jan 16, 2011 10:27 AM

    there has to be a punchline in this somewhere.

    wait for it…

    I’m sure he’ll put his best foot forward.

  9. luke30157 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:40 AM

    Great move …Wish the Browns had him back…He wasn’t the problem ….And he doesn’t play a passive prevent either don’t know where that came from…This guy has some of the most creative blitz’s ever watch the film…Great Move Dallas….

  10. deanvernonwormer says: Jan 16, 2011 10:41 AM

    He’s not MY new defensive coordinater. I hate the Cowboys. And the Steelers. And the Giants. And the Patriots. And the Yankees. And the Miami Heat.

  11. Moonman says: Jan 16, 2011 10:43 AM

    This is an EXCELLENT move. I’m no fan of the Ryans, and the only team I hate more than the Cowboys is the Eagles. But Ryan will turn that defense around. Without a doubt. His players love him and play hard for him, he calls a good game (I don’t want to hear about his time with Cleveland, I mean, come on), and he will have full autonomy over the Dallas defense.

    They have a LOT of talent on that side of the ball, even if it looked like they quit up until Garrett was named HC. But this will seriously change that team for the better.

  12. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 16, 2011 10:45 AM


    I wouldn’t say he, or the defense, failed. That Browns offense is pathetic. Their third-string rookie QB ended up being their starting QB. Their starting WRs are so bad that their leading pass catchers were their RB and TE. Peyton Hillis was that entire offense, and when he wore down at the end of the year, the offense stalled. That’s when the losses to those bad team starting happening.

  13. pfii63 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:45 AM

    Rob is excited to be a part of this FOOTball program and promises to be able to stop the RUN. He know the importance of FOOTwork in the secondary, and said he will keep the players on their TOES. Rob is a great FOOT soldier who knows how to follow orders and is determined to STOMP on the opposition.

    What… 6 FOOT references in one paragraph?

    Mere coincidence.

  14. paulnoga says: Jan 16, 2011 10:46 AM

    The cowboys Defense needs help at every position, especially the DBs. Ryan will take the blame no matter what.

  15. cbrownsup says: Jan 16, 2011 10:46 AM

    I bet he has a lot different fetish than his brother Rex. Maybe he’s really really into bellybuttons or earlobes…
    With that being said, he’s a fiery guy, coaches by the seat of his ass and with his experience as a raider and a brown, at least he knows what not to do.

  16. bigtrav425 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:49 AM

    Kinda pissed.I wanted him to stay in Cleveland….Shurmur better have someone good up his sleeve

  17. wildturkey1o1 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:59 AM

    That will be the only way a Ryan will end up in Dallas for the Super Bowl.

  18. ArtModellsPimp says: Jan 16, 2011 11:00 AM

    LOL @ Jerry Jones.

    Did you even bother to watch the tapes of Cleveland’s second-half defensive meltdowns this season???

    Good for you, Rob. Obviously, the word hasn’t gotten around just yet…

  19. oldbyrd says: Jan 16, 2011 11:07 AM

    Why is it that the Cowboys always do the right thing? Eagles would have loved this guy. Hope Andy brings in the right guy for def. cord. I have a strong feeling that this is it for Reid. Personally with Bill Cower out thier, I feel the Eagles are missing a golden opp. to finally take it to the next level. Andy gave us some great years but, 11 and 5 next year and loose in the first round is getting real old. Id rather chance it and make a change with Cower than hear “look what he’s done for us in the past” next New Year’s Eve.

  20. xpensivewinos says: Jan 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    Just about every time someone writes something about the Cowboys they feel obligated to mention how much “talent” the Cowboys have……….yet there are also so many pieces written by the same people who are enamored with the theory that the Cowboys suck because Jerry Jones is the GM.

    Which is it? If they have so much talent, how can the GM be the problem?

  21. camp69 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:13 AM

    I think the long hair acts as a counterweightfor the belly.

  22. arm57romg says: Jan 16, 2011 11:14 AM

    In 2006 he led the Raiders to a 3rd ranked defense.

    djeg07 says:
    Jan 16, 2011 10:20 AM
    hello middle of the pack to top 20 defense. ryan has never had a defense better than 15th overall. no matter the players cleveland has/had, he failed the final 5 games of the year against some bad, BAD teams. as they say everything is bigger in texas, well the belly looks bigger already.

  23. Moonman says: Jan 16, 2011 11:14 AM


    I’m not sure where you took your comedy lessons, but wherever it was I hope they go out of business soon.

  24. redskinretard says: Jan 16, 2011 11:18 AM

    No, disrespect to Mr.Ryan, but the only differences between the Skins and Cowboys are that Skins fans know that their team has issues. Cowboys fans need a psychiatrist and a disgruntled football analyst from ESPN to bring them back to reality. I see more heart ache in near future for cowboys fans.

  25. trickbunny says: Jan 16, 2011 11:19 AM

    ArtModellsPimp says: Jan 16, 2011 11:00 AM

    LOL @ Jerry Jones.

    Did you even bother to watch the tapes of Cleveland’s second-half defensive meltdowns this season???

    Good for you, Rob. Obviously, the word hasn’t gotten around just yet…

    Seriously. People are either blind, deaf, or just downright weird. Even some Browns fans are moaning about this, going “Ryan’s defense wasn’t the problem this year”, and my reaction is the same as yours: Didn’t these people actually WATCH

  26. jaywhitelending says: Jan 16, 2011 11:20 AM

    Love the naysayers out here….love the Prevent Defense comments…Ryan has NEVER had a talent like DeMarcus Ware to work with….he has only had 2 pro bowlers in Shaun Rogers and Nnamdi A…..he now has 5 on the Dallas defense and a young talented Sean Lee….as a Cowboys fan I have been begging for the D to get more aggressive and after what I saw when I watched some Browns game this year…..this D will be more fired up and more aggressive.

    Now need to cut Allan Ball and draft Patrick Peterson!

  27. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 16, 2011 11:23 AM

    Is he bringing that swanky hoodie with him? That thing makes Gucci look like a Wal-Mart brand.

  28. trickbunny says: Jan 16, 2011 11:25 AM

    (continued from my 1st post) …the Browns games last year? The defense laid down constantly in the 2nd half. They would just quit… No 2nd half adjustments. Zone D towards the end, letting the opposition back into the game and blowing leads every week. Put teams into 3rd and long all day and then let them right out of it… Ridiculous.

    People will say “Oh well that was Cleveland. He’ll do some things differently on a new team.” Like he did in Oakland? His defense did the exact same things in Oakland. Exactly. To the letter.

    All I can say is have fun this coming year when you’re up 20-10 at the start of the 4th quarter and feelijng good about the soon-to-come win, because you’ll probably end up losing ’cause Ryan’s defenses luuuuvvv to quit in the 3rd/4th quarters. It’s a fact….

  29. melikefootball says: Jan 16, 2011 11:28 AM

    Ryan deserves the position, he has done it the hard way earned it…for Garrett…what has he earned? Lots of money so far.

  30. tryytheveal says: Jan 16, 2011 11:30 AM

    Dallas’ defense is a joke, makes sense to bring a jokester to coach em….

  31. ihateannouncers says: Jan 16, 2011 11:32 AM

    Coaches seem to really prosper AFTER leaving Cleveland. I think this is a good move for Ryan and Dallas. Nice picture….got my playbook, my big bag of skittles, and my baseball bat(?). I am outta here!!

  32. habsman says: Jan 16, 2011 11:34 AM

    When this guy hauls ass, he has to make two trips.

  33. kegpack says: Jan 16, 2011 11:35 AM

    Rob Ryan’s defenses are mediocre. I have no idea why the Cowboy fans would be excited by this move. Take it from a Raider fan – This guy blows.

  34. dolphins4 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:54 AM

    I wonder if Rob has a wife as good looking as Rexs wife.

  35. da11ascowboys says: Jan 16, 2011 11:56 AM

    All HAIL Zeus!

  36. jvw1982 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:03 PM

    The cowboys have a good defense already, they played poorly last yr as a group…they do need to upgrade the inside LBers, get some competition in at CB but with Jerry calling the shots he probably drafts a RB or WR with the first pick, thats what the cowboy fans should be worried about and not Ryan as DC, hes good enough to succeed with the talent already there……

  37. robsterny says: Jan 16, 2011 12:05 PM

    Enough with the FOOT crap OK!…Get a life and start thinking for yourseleves….you sound like a parrot,just repeating the same old stupid lines….grow up!!
    Rob Ryan …good job…and good luck!

  38. rayguyreturns says: Jan 16, 2011 12:12 PM

    Welcome Cowboys fans to the Rob Ryan “prevent defense”. It will “prevent” you from winning.

    Rob runs it to perfection. We saw about 4 years of it and you will pull your hair out.

  39. brownstown2 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:13 PM

    The Cowboys shouldn’t feel like they settled. Rob Ryan is a good coach and did a lot with a mediocre roster in Cleveland.

    He’ll do well and that underachieving Cowboys defense will be really, really good in 2011.

  40. ham1 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:19 PM

    Hes gonna need his daddys, his brothers and his defensive schemes just to keep pace with that choke artist Romo. Better keep your boy Kitna at the helm LOL.
    All kidding aside, I did not want to see that guy end up with the pukes and it will make things interesting in the NFC east for sure.

  41. rick1922 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:24 PM

    You can make fun of Rob all you want but this guy knows defense. The RAIDERS and BROWNS SUCKED ON OFFENSE the defense was worn down by the end of games.The prevent defense did not stop the Raiders from winning your offense did.

  42. nesuperfan says: Jan 16, 2011 12:38 PM

    Newsflash: Rob Ryan signs with the Dallas Cowboy. Mrs. Ryan and his sister-in-law just signed with Anabolic.

  43. gdt372753 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    Know the issues and concerns set forth in all comments. Point is that there definitely is need for a HUGE change in attitude in Dallas D. Also need to upgrade in DB’s. We’ll see how this all plays out.

  44. drexelvol says: Jan 16, 2011 12:57 PM

    “The Cowboys get continuity on defense. Ryan has experience running an attacking 3-4 defense and there is more talent in Dallas than he had in Cleveland.”

    No much.

  45. mickmars says: Jan 16, 2011 1:05 PM

    When this guy hauls ass, he has to make two trips.


    I just about choked to death on a swig of Beer when i read that! Lol

  46. trigdaddy says: Jan 16, 2011 1:09 PM

    I just dont understand what some of you people write. Rob Ryan is a good defensive coordinator…probably a reason you know who he is. I know I couldn’t name most teams defensive coordinators but I know him. And everyone acts like the Cowboys need some serious rebuilding. They don’t; but this high draft pick will help them. Expect them to compete with the Eagles next year for atops the NFC East. (Im an Eagles fan)

  47. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 16, 2011 1:12 PM

    Congrats Rob Most of us cleveland fans will miss you! The D was Great at times and fell apart at others. I think he can get too fired up during games and get burned on some of his overly aggressive calls. Overall his players play hard for him and he brings a nice swagger to the sidelines as well as the best mullet in the NFL (since Ben Roethisberger had to cut his when he had “the meeting with Goodell regarding his latest accusation) Anyways good luck Rob !

  48. thetooloftools says: Jan 16, 2011 1:17 PM

    Good Luck Rob,
    I wished you had been named head coach here in Cleveland. You were delt a bad hand here.
    Commence With The Beatings in Dallas !!!

  49. oldcracker says: Jan 16, 2011 1:38 PM

    When T.O. signed with the Bengals, everyone thought that was the missing piece needed to put them into the Superbowl. The Browns meanwhile resisted the “quick fix” and passed on T.O., even though they desperately need WR’s.

    Big Mike and the Browns could have kept Ryan, and probably would have, IF HE WERE ANY GOOD. Hell, they still have to pay him either way. Keep in mind, he was hired by Mangenius and let go by the “BROWNS!”

    I believe Rob and the Cowboys are a good fit. However, thinking he will be what “cures” the Cowboys, well, let’s just say, “Time will tell.” I believe he will be a “T.O.” and not a “T.K.O.”

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