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For Cowboys’ D, Rob Ryan brings toughness that Wade Phillips lacked

Rob Ryan, Keith Brooking, Bradie James, Anthony Spencer, DeMarcus Ware AP

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan made headlines this week when he promised to “beat the ass” of “the all-hype team,” a clear shot at the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Dallas, the early reviews are that Ryan’s players loved it.

“I just like that he thinks we’re going to come out and kick people’s ass,” cornerback Orlando Scandrick said. “If he believes, we believe. . . . I love him. He’s a great guy to play for, a great personality. I think you’re going to see it rub off on this defense.”

The San Antonio Express-News reports that linebacker Bradie James could barely contain his grin when asked about Ryan’s comments, and James said he was motivated by his coach’s confidence.

“If that’s the way he wants to approach it, it’s our job to go out there and execute and make sure he doesn’t look the fool,” James said.

Having Ryan around is a sharp contrast from former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips, who ran the team’s defense until he was fired midway through last season. Phillips has a reputation as one of the nicest coaches in the league, but the Cowboys’ defense seems to be inspired by having a coordinator who would rather talk about beating people’s asses than be known as a nice guy.

Albert Breer noted on NFL Network that there were concerns in Dallas last year that the Cowboys became too passive and not tough enough with Phillips running the show, and Cowboys COO Stephen Jones wants Ryan to “bring a swagger” to Dallas.

So Ryan’s comments are welcome in Dallas. Just as long as his defense follows through and whips the Eagles’ asses.

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116 Responses to “For Cowboys’ D, Rob Ryan brings toughness that Wade Phillips lacked”
  1. drmonkeyarmy says: Aug 4, 2011 10:41 AM

    Now if he can a defense to be ranked better than 20th, maybe the Cowboys will have themselves a D Coordinator.

  2. paulsmith107 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:43 AM

    Yeah boy it’s our time no pressure on us at all wade got this d playing well but soft and last season the softness showed more but now we got coaches that will make players accountable and get them to pay attention to detail something they lacked under wade

  3. hendawg21 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:43 AM

    Whatever any excuse last year it was we’re the team to beat and we have the Super Bowl in our stadium…just face the facts Cowboys suck…

  4. sprest83 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    This defense is going to look much better this season and I can’t wait!

  5. baddegg says: Aug 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    I don’t like the Cowboys, but I agree that this kind of bravado can really help turn a team’s confidence around. I remember when the Skins had Gregg Williams as Def Coor. While he didn’t mouth off to the media the same way, he still brought that attitude and he consistently had great, hard nosed defenses even in the terrible Snyder era.

    Too bad the Cowboys are still looking at Terrace Newman in the secondary. No amount of bravado is going to keep him from getting burned on a regular basis. lol

  6. cup1981 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    Yup, the Ryan family sure does know how to talk… Problem is, they have a really hard time backing it up.

  7. philtvc65 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    Not smart, you’ve proved nothing at this point.

  8. sld1976 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:45 AM

    “So Ryan’s comments are welcome in Dallas. Just as long as his defense follows through and whips the Eagles’ asses.”

    The Cowboys will.

  9. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Aug 4, 2011 10:45 AM

    First, the word “swagger” may be the most overused and irritating word circulating today. Second, I don’t care what comes out of his mouth, until they actually get a CB or some DE’s their defense is trash. And yes, I am a Cowboys fan.

  10. cleverbob says: Aug 4, 2011 10:45 AM

    Toughness? He looks like Walter and The Dude’s love child…

  11. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 4, 2011 10:45 AM

    He’s a loud mouth fool who’s D is always overrated, never finishing higher than 20th. Clowna$$. Lol

  12. bostonhasrealhockey says: Aug 4, 2011 10:46 AM

    What hardware do the Ryans posess that allow them to constantly run their fat mouths?? They have done NOTHING so please stop talking.

  13. jerryangelomakesmewanttojumpoffabridge says: Aug 4, 2011 10:46 AM

    Slow day in NFL news, guess I might actually have to do some work today…oh bother

  14. Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Aug 4, 2011 10:47 AM

    Done deal. Philly’s crash and burn this season will be epic. All names, no players.

    Go Cowboys!

  15. hobartbaker says: Aug 4, 2011 10:49 AM

    Tired of the comparisons to Buffalo Bill Cody, the Cowboy coach wants to carve out his own identity as Rhinoceros Rob Ryan.

  16. t16rich says: Aug 4, 2011 10:49 AM

    Whatever. Rob Ryan is as much all hype as the Philadelphia Eagles are right now. Til his defense gets out there and proves it, let’s quit calling them tough, and quit talking about how good they will be. Let Ryan prove it before we all hype him up, because his work in cleveland really wasn’t anything amazing.

  17. cowboysfan18 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:49 AM

    People tend to forget, with basically the same crew, we gave up the second fewest ppg in 2009. A really good defense is not out of the question.

  18. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:50 AM

    This is a lot coming from a defense that has serious secondary issues…..This secondary is sooo bad that one Rex Grossman torched these guys for over 300 yards and 4 TD`s and that says a lot!!!!

  19. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    He’s exactly what that defense needs. I can’t imagine DeMarcus Ware being scarier than he already is, but he’s only going to improve from having Ryan as his DC.

    This coming from a Giants fan, too. The only area of that defense that doesn’t impress me is the secondary.

  20. b7p19 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:52 AM

    The difference betwenn Rex and Rob is Rex has great players all over his defense and Rob really only has a couple.

    You can talk all you want, but at some point the games will be played and all that matters his who scores more points. I’m not putting my money on the Cowboys.

  21. kmurph1226 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:52 AM

    They both brought fatness, that’s for sure.

  22. realitypolice says: Aug 4, 2011 10:53 AM

    What he brings is a career record as a defensive coordinator of right around 30-80.

  23. pftlhp says: Aug 4, 2011 10:54 AM

    I prefer the non-”personality” types who always seem vague and indifferent to the media but win.

  24. stevemcguigan says: Aug 4, 2011 10:54 AM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Rob Ryan’s resume spottier than his lobster bib? Has he done….anything…….anywhere?

  25. tdk24 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:54 AM

    Really? Toughness? He didn’t have it in Oakland or Cleveland. The only thing he brings is his Ryan gut. No but really, he’s an average coordinator at best.

  26. hashsview says: Aug 4, 2011 10:54 AM

    Fat Jesus will coach the Dallas Defense straight to rock bottom. All talk and now walk, cause hes fat and lazy.

  27. cardiovascularendurance says: Aug 4, 2011 10:55 AM

    I’m way more of a Rob & Rex Reynolds fan than I am of these clowns.

  28. jeremyhurst02 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    As a Browns fan, I’ll miss him. I think he had real potential to do some damage once we got rid of our Mangini tagalong players, but I’ll never know now.

    Good luck in Dallas, you should have the talent to thrive.

  29. thebigpaki says: Aug 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    This makes it awkward for Texans fans.

  30. joshfreemvp5 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    Cant wait for this coaching staff to explode and watch Rob do what his dad did best. Punch the other coach on his own team.

  31. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 10:57 AM

    He’s a loud mouth fool who’s D is always overrated, never finishing higher than 20th.

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    How do you guys keep coming up with this crap? Stuff like this is not hard to check, you know.

  32. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 10:57 AM

    What he brings is a career record as a defensive coordinator of right around 30-80.

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    That’s STILL 30 more wins than Juan Castillo has as a DC.

  33. mrbigass says: Aug 4, 2011 10:58 AM

    So, all you have to do is tell your defense to “kick ass” and problem solved? Who knew it was that simple…….

  34. jdandcoke says: Aug 4, 2011 10:58 AM

    as a giants fan, i can hardly believe that for the first time in my life i’ll be rooting for the cowboys to beat the eagles going into the season….historically, as much as ive always hated the eagles, ive always hated the boys much more….obviously, with what has gone on this off-season in philly, the worm has turned in that regard.
    im thinking that the boys, giants, and skins will be united in their desire to beat the hell out of the eagles this year. lauria has put a gigantic bullseye on the back of his team with all of these signings.

  35. wryly1 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:58 AM

    Get real. Hype doesn’t stop and NFL opponent. This is the third team Rob Ryan has been DC for – and the other two sucked.

  36. dallasbaby says: Aug 4, 2011 10:58 AM

    Glad to see Ryan talking the talk and getting guys motivated. Hopefully we’ll walk the walk and make some noise this year over that so-called ‘Dream Team’ from up north. Either way I’m gettin’ my popcorn ready.

  37. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    They did not get any players thus offseason, the eagles improved their O line and their whole D. How can you they’ll woop the eagles?? Lmao. Hobblin ass Newman and scandrick lol really that’s all you got? Philly is gonna go up and that ass all day!

  38. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 11:01 AM

    This is a lot coming from a defense that has serious secondary issues…..This secondary is sooo bad that one Rex Grossman torched these guys for over 300 yards and 4 TD`s and that says a lot!!!!

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    Says they still lost.

  39. rickycubane says: Aug 4, 2011 11:02 AM

    all names no players?!?!?! seriously?

    i wish people would be objective.. im an eagles fan.. very excited ab0out the offseason but we never win the super bowl.. so whats the point of all these moves unless we do.. we havent proven anything except we can cap manage better than the rest of the world.. that doesnt win you championships..

    that being said, we did one hell of a job when only a handful of teams were able to make any big signings, players want to come to philly for once in the history of players and philly… u cant sit here and say you didnt want Asomuah or Cullen Jenkins on your team.. or you wouldnt trade your backup QB for a 2nd rounder and DRC.. and if you act like you wouldnt be excited about that then your gonna get laughed at… id be very pissed and jealous if the cowboys signed Asomuah and made that trade and so on.. but i wouldnt act like an idiot..

    Wade Phillips has been beating us for a couple years now.. the cowboys won their first playoff game in 15 years against us.. the cowboys always play the eagles hard.. so i expect nothing less than that

    The Ryans have never won anything.. so honestly they come with as much hype as anyone else..

  40. sonvar says: Aug 4, 2011 11:05 AM

    Bravado is fine but he needs to back it up. Unlike his brother Rex, Rob has never really had a top defense. This Cowboys D wasn’t good last year and they haven’t changed much personnel wise to think it’ll do better.

  41. realitypolice says: Aug 4, 2011 11:07 AM

    melonnhead says:
    Aug 4, 2011 10:57 AM
    What he brings is a career record as a defensive coordinator of right around 30-80.

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    That’s STILL 30 more wins than Juan Castillo has as a DC.
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    Are you somehow under the impression that I am an Eagles fan?

  42. jmarc88 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:08 AM

    This is a lot coming from a defense that has serious secondary issues…..This secondary is sooo bad that one Rex Grossman torched these guys for over 300 yards and 4 TD`s and that says a lot!!!!
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    grossman is a bum. But he is the same guy that brought the bears to a superbowl.

  43. goindy2006 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:12 AM

    Less talk more football!

  44. NFLJunkie says: Aug 4, 2011 11:14 AM

    Maybe the Texans picked the wrong DC?

    I’ll give the Ryans this, they are never boring.

  45. mikea311 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:15 AM

    Never underestimate the power of a quality defensive coordinator, just see my Giants in recent years for proof. Dallas will be better becuase of it and the Eagles for are going to figure it out the hard way.

  46. anactualnflowner says: Aug 4, 2011 11:17 AM

    Looks like the Texans can look forward to being the nice guy defense of 2011…

  47. b7p19 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:18 AM

    “That’s STILL 30 more wins than Juan Castillo has as a DC.”

    And 80 more losses…

  48. realfootballfan says: Aug 4, 2011 11:20 AM

    Did that Rob Ryan confidence come with some great personnel moves that I missed?

    Last I checked, their defensive backfield still sucks, their linebackers still aren’t very good (outside of ware), and they did little to upgrade this off-season either of those positions.

    Ask the Browns and Raiders how all that tough talk translated for their defenses under Ryan, he’s not his brother.

  49. bodybag91 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:20 AM

    tweetledee and dumb couldn’t carry their fathers jockstrap

  50. tdoggnutts says: Aug 4, 2011 11:23 AM

    I find it funny when fegs like the eagles fans comes in here talking trash after reading that this is a COWBOYS THREAD.. GTFO Eagles fans because just like last year we will kick your @ss woot take that with your coffee son!!!

  51. blueandsilverftw says: Aug 4, 2011 11:24 AM

    Good, everyone deserves a second chance and if this guy thinks he can make a difference than allow him to. Everyone is so quick to smack talk the cowboys for positive things their doing. I as a cowboys fan am glad that we finally got a DC that isnt a softy and is ready to say it how it is. take your heads out of your a$$es and check it out cuz when the cowboys have 10 wins this season your all gonna be sitting back wondering how it could happen thinking you know football.. I cant wait for this..

  52. cowboy88 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:25 AM

    Say what you want about Rob. He has never had the talent that Dallas has on Defense. Even with mediocre talent they gave up less points than the Eagles defense did last year.

  53. cowboy88 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:26 AM

    It was the browns defense I was talking about that gave up less points.

  54. hookem6903 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:27 AM

    He’s undoubtedly a better D coordinator that Wade, but he can only do so much considering that they pretty much have the exact same players on defense that they had last year, which was one of the worst defenses in Cowboys history. Dallas is headed for the depths of mediocrity. Again.

  55. melonheadsdaddy says: Aug 4, 2011 11:34 AM

    Melonhead again you don’t cease to amaze…its a fact. Not ONE of rob Ryan’s defenses has EVER ranked above 21 on ANY TEAM. do some research before you copy and paste your garbage. Clown. Birds roll October 30 and again December 24. Merry Christmas indeed.

  56. citizenstrange says: Aug 4, 2011 11:43 AM

    He’ll also be borrowing the old “We’ll get ‘em next year!” quote from his brother.

  57. melonheadsdaddy says: Aug 4, 2011 11:45 AM

    Tdogg…the same is said for you all trolling on the eagles threads…Seriously though. Woot? What are you 12? And beat our asses? You lost one and won the next by 1 point in the final seconds playing our scrubs…mmmmmm my coffee tastes good…just like cowboy tears will on gameday. WHOMP THERE IT IS. HA

  58. dawsonleery says: Aug 4, 2011 11:54 AM

    I like Rob Ryan but he’s not a great DC. He’s a great LB coach though. He stay in Dallas will make or break his career.

  59. CKL says: Aug 4, 2011 11:57 AM

    twitter:Chapman_Jamie says:
    Aug 4, 2011 10:45 AM
    First, the word “swagger” may be the most overused and irritating word circulating today. Second, I don’t care what comes out of his mouth, until they actually get a CB or some DE’s their defense is trash. And yes, I am a Cowboys fan.
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    I am so with you on “swagger”. Every time I hear it from a player or coach I wanna choke a b*tch.

    That said players do love playing for the Ryans because they have confidence in their players. That alone can up the players’ desire to give their all. My team’s been on the right side of it (when Rob was their LB coach) and the wrong side of it (playing the Jets).Who really knows how good of a DC Rob is yet because in Oak his hands were tied by the owner and in Cle he didn’t have much talent to work with. I mean I think at one point Cle had only 3 actual CBs on their roster last year and I think Adams who played both safety and CB made 4. Come on, man.

  60. hit2hurt says: Aug 4, 2011 11:57 AM

    cup1981 says:
    Aug 4, 2011 10:44 AM
    Yup, the Ryan family sure does know how to talk… Problem is, they have a really hard time backing it up.

    I suppose you could ask the Patriots if the Ryan brothers have a hard time backing it up… LOL

  61. starfan79 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:57 AM

    I like rob, but the D is getting old. Need some cb help now too and I believe we only have 4 cb on the roster.

  62. dclogicatlast says: Aug 4, 2011 11:57 AM

    @ all Cowboys fans

    Fact: Rob Ryan’s defenses have averaged 23rd in yards allowed and 22nd in points allowed.

    Fact: Rob Ryan is taking over a defense that was 31st in both points allowed and yards allowed.

    What am I missing? Why is Rob Ryan an “undoubtedly” better than Wade Phillips at running the defense? On what planet is this defense supposed to be good?

    Say what you will about Wade’s head coaching ability (it stinks), but he has been successful running defenses in the NFL for well over a decade. Rob Ryan… not so much.

  63. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 4, 2011 12:01 PM

    Oh yeah that’s right you beat us the last game of the season with all our starters out…..good to see that is your most joyful moment from last season. Lmao! Wow I know I’m an eagles fan but I’m also a realist…. Our D was bad last year and still won 10 games. Silly Dallas fans, wins are for eagles lol. Jerry gonna fire someone at the end of this year lmao! And please dont tell me you’re a Dallas fan living in the Philly area, lol, bc in that case you’re a fake a$$.

  64. fillyfan9988 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:02 PM

    10/30/2011 Phila Eagles 49 Dallas Cowgirls 3

    12/24/2011 Phila. Eagles 56 Dallas Cowgirls 0

    Rob Ryan is a Fat-Ass Blow Hard just like his old man who never won a playoff game in seven years of head coaching.Rob will have Zero playoff wins with The Cowgirls.Get ready for another 6-10 year Cowgirl fans.

  65. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 4, 2011 12:07 PM

    Say what you want about Rob. He has never had the talent that Dallas has on Defense. Even with mediocre talent they gave up less points than the Eagles defense did last year: says cowboy88

    Lmao! Really you call that talent?? Outside of ware, the rest is trash son. Scandrick, ball, hobbleass Newman whos overpaid. Dude I know that’s your team but wake up lol. Eagles roll all over that a$$ this year!

  66. stevemcguigan says: Aug 4, 2011 12:08 PM

    Why is melonhead pretending to not be VoxVeritas? Even his replies are composed the exact same way.

  67. greymares says: Aug 4, 2011 12:09 PM

    loved his dad: (you got a winner in town ! ). now show me where the cowboys improved this defense and then maybe i can beleive what rob ryan says, just saying it means nothing. remember ” we gonna skin they ass. “

  68. dclogicatlast says: Aug 4, 2011 12:13 PM

    For the record, Rob Ryan had more talent on the Raiders defense from 06-08 than he has right now on the Dallas defense. The Dallas secondary is bottom 5 in the league without question.

  69. arrruserious says: Aug 4, 2011 12:14 PM

    more waddle than swagger

  70. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 12:26 PM

    Are you somehow under the impression that I am an Eagles fan?

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    No. Are you under the impression that the Eagles are not a part of this discussion?

  71. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 12:28 PM

    Why is melonhead pretending to not be VoxVeritas? Even his replies are composed the exact same way.

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    I haven’t pretended to be or not be anything. I’ve made no representations about myself whatsoever.

  72. blueandsilverftw says: Aug 4, 2011 12:30 PM

    Eagles fans must hate the Ryan’s because Buddy Ryan did for them as their “supposedly” doing to the Jets/Boys..

    @MelonHeadsDaddy

    If you think the Eagles will be a better than .500 team this year. we shall talk again after Feb.

    Eagles – E.M.S

  73. ezdoesit209 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:30 PM

    It’s funny how more Cowboys haters commented on this post then Cowboys fans did…

  74. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 12:30 PM

    loved his dad: (you got a winner in town ! ). now show me where the cowboys improved this defense and then maybe i can beleive what rob ryan says, just saying it means nothing. remember ” we gonna skin they ass. “

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    You can’t really see anything until they start playing but honestly it would be hard to not improve on last year’s squad.

  75. typhilly21 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:31 PM

    cowboy88 says:
    Aug 4, 2011 11:25 AM
    Say what you want about Rob. He has never had the talent that Dallas has on Defense. Even with mediocre talent they gave up less points than the Eagles defense did last year.

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    No they didn’t. Philly 23.6. Dallas 27.2

  76. trickbunny says: Aug 4, 2011 12:31 PM

    For all the barking this guy does, his defensive squads have yet to back him up. The Browns D did play very well at times, but tended to really fall apart in the 4th qtr- and it wasn’t the guys on the field giving up- it was Ryan ‘s “bend don’t break” BS zone coverage that would let teams back in.

    Do you know how many games the Browns played last year where the were leading in the 3rd or 4th qtr, but ended up losing anyway? A LOT. And it was always because the D scheme would get all soft at the end and let the opposition come roaring back. If that’s still Ryan’s M.O., Cowboys fans are gonna be awfully disappointed.

  77. jackbassett says: Aug 4, 2011 12:32 PM

    hendawg21 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:43 AM

    Whatever any excuse last year it was we’re the team to beat and we have the Super Bowl in our stadium…just face the facts Cowboys suck…

    __________________

    Given your reference to “we,” I’d love to know your jersey number. Would be great to follow a fellow PFT fan. Another reason to enjoy the NFL this year.

  78. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 12:34 PM

    Silly Dallas fans, wins are for eagles lol.

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    Still 4 of the last 6 not counting last season’s closer. Including a hearty thumping in the playoffs. The Eagles are only 30 wins up on their all-time record so you might want to rethink that statement.

  79. trickbunny says: Aug 4, 2011 12:34 PM

    PS- For those who say that Ryan just didn’t have the talent in Cle that he has now in Dallas? Baloney. Cleveland’s defense was crushing at times. Keep in mind that they held the oppositiona to an average of 20 points or less last year- so it’s not as if his D wasn’t capable of playing well. Ryan would just adjust the coverages and schemes late in the game- and the most of the opposition’s 20 point average was coming in the late 3rd or in the 4th qtrs. That’s poor D planning, not lack of talent.

  80. trickbunny says: Aug 4, 2011 12:34 PM

    PS- For those who say that Ryan just didn’t have the talent in Cle that he has now in Dallas? Baloney. Cleveland’s defense was crushing at times. Keep in mind that they held the opposition to an average of 20 points or less last year- so it’s not as if his D wasn’t capable of playing well. Ryan would just adjust the coverages and schemes late in the game- and the most of the opposition’s 20 point average was coming in the late 3rd or in the 4th qtrs. That’s poor D planning, not lack of talent.

  81. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 12:37 PM

    Lmao! Really you call that talent?? Outside of ware, the rest is trash son.

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    Ware, Ratliff, Bradie James, Anthony Spencer, Abram Elam and Gerald Sensabaugh would push Eagles starters out of a job if they had them, including some of those shiny new free agents the Eagles just signed.

  82. saturn1111 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:39 PM

    meh…

    Reid got it right yesterday when he basically said “whatever…we’ll see you on the field.”

  83. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 12:39 PM

    Fact: Rob Ryan is taking over a defense that was 31st in both points allowed and yards allowed.

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    Cowboys were 23rd in yards allowed. You have internet access, please learn how to use it.

  84. typhilly21 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:43 PM

    cowboy88 says:
    Aug 4, 2011 11:26 AM
    It was the browns defense I was talking about that gave up less points.
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    7 of those games were against the offensive juggernauts of TB, KC, CIN, MIA, BUF, CAR.

    Rob usually has about 3-4 good gameplans(see: NO,NE) a year. and is avg rest of the time.

    Newman is out already. Jenkins isn’t as good as he thinks he is. Sensebaugh good run support, not good in coverage. Elam will be an upgrade over Ball but when Elam is an upgrade it just shows the guy he was replacing was crap. No DEs on this roster require a double team. Ratliff may be marginalized by the way Ryan has used NT in the past.

    Go ahead. Run the blitzes with that secondary. You aren’t going to be better just b/c you say you are.

    Three bullies that avg 1 sack a year each. I’m sure teams around the NFL are terrified

  85. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 12:44 PM

    Melonhead again you don’t cease to amaze…its a fact. Not ONE of rob Ryan’s defenses has EVER ranked above 21 on ANY TEAM. do some research before you copy and paste your garbage. Clown. Birds roll October 30 and again December 24. Merry Christmas indeed.

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    2006 Raiders had the 3rd ranked D in the league, you clueless toolbag. Is there anything else you need me to hold your hand and walk you through?

  86. bobhk says: Aug 4, 2011 12:48 PM

    Talks cheap. Now they have to go out and perform and this D is getting old and not too talented.

    These same players loved Wade when he came aboard

  87. hanifmiller says: Aug 4, 2011 12:54 PM

    Its great that Ryan brings a toughness to the Cowboys. No other team in the NFL has coaches or players who that bring toughness. So i guess every team who plays the Cowboys this year should forfeit . It doesnt matter that the Cowboys dont have the personell–THEY HAVE TOUGHNESS- HOW BOUT ‘EM. Honestly, do we have to go through the Cowboys hypefest every friggin year?!!!

  88. scutzi128 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:57 PM

    I’m still trying to figure out why cowboys fans are talking so much trash? They were possibly the worst team in the nfc east last year and the eagles were far and away the best. I mean they barley eeked out a win against the eagles second string last year. The cowboys basically got a new d coordinator and all the sudden that makes them the best team in the east? The eagles have improved on all their weaknesses besides safety and lb (I believe they will do something to address lb). Also to all the people referencing Juan Castillo never coaching on the defense it would be impressive if he did a worst job then Mcdermott did last year he can really only go up. What makes you think all the sudden Dallas is back on top of the east? I’ll believe it when I see it, but for now I’m much more worried about the g-men then the cowboys.

  89. qdog112 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:58 PM

    hat fat slob ain’t got no toughness. He’s all talk just like his old man.

  90. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 1:01 PM

    PS- For those who say that Ryan just didn’t have the talent in Cle that he has now in Dallas? Baloney. Cleveland’s defense was crushing at times. Keep in mind that they held the opposition to an average of 20 points or less last year- so it’s not as if his D wasn’t capable of playing well. Ryan would just adjust the coverages and schemes late in the game- and the most of the opposition’s 20 point average was coming in the late 3rd or in the 4th qtrs. That’s poor D planning, not lack of talent.

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    More clueless garbage. The Browns gave up more second half points than first half points in only 5 games (Saints, Falcons, Jags, Dolphins, Steelers).

  91. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 1:02 PM

    I’m still trying to figure out why cowboys fans are talking so much trash? They were possibly the worst team in the nfc east last year and the eagles were far and away the best.

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    haha, the Eagles were one loss away from being out of the playoffs altogether!

  92. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 1:09 PM

    “That’s STILL 30 more wins than Juan Castillo has as a DC.”

    And 80 more losses…

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    Exactly right. Juan Castillo used to be an offensive coach. Apparently such a good one, he’s a defensive coordinator now.

  93. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 1:12 PM

    Never underestimate the power of a quality defensive coordinator, just see my Giants in recent years for proof. Dallas will be better becuase of it and the Eagles for are going to figure it out the hard way.

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    You’re talking to a brick wall, it’s not like these Eagle fans could tell the difference between a Jim Johnson-led defense and a Stephen McDermott-led defense. Or a Juan Castillo-led defense, for that matter.

  94. kevpft says: Aug 4, 2011 1:42 PM

    @scutzi128, that Eagles team that was “far and away the best” team in the NFC East last year? They beat the Cowboys by 3 points, playing against a backup Cowboys QB and a new coach that had been put in place only a few weeks earlier.

    That’s right, a fully-healthy Eagles team with super-Vick at the wheel only beat the Kitna Cowboys by 3 points.

    And then lost the backups-vs.-backups game by 1 point.

    The year before, the Cowboys outscored the Eagles by 48 points in their 3 meetings.

    The Eagles are not as safe as you think they are.

  95. cowboylover says: Aug 4, 2011 1:51 PM

    It’s funny how more Cowboys haters commented on this post then Cowboys fans did…

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    Actually, the worst and most childish remarks were made by EAGLE fans. The other fans (non-Cowboy) were actually very nice. It’s so much fun whipping the Eagles every year. PS–the word is “than”, not “then.” Learn to spell.

  96. tashkalucy says: Aug 4, 2011 1:52 PM

    When the Ryan’s are fired from coaching for the last time, they’ll go out as a tag team wresting contestants in the WWF.

    They can wrestle the tag team of Brett Favre and Lebron James, who will be sponsored by ESPN.

  97. kevpft says: Aug 4, 2011 1:53 PM

    The great thing about such bravado is that all of the pressure is still on the Eagles.

    Sure, the “America’s team” thing always puts a certain level of expectation on the Cowboys. But they’ve been misfiring for years, and people still remember the 3-SB Aikman years quite clearly – the aura of a winning team hasn’t completely left the franchise, even though some argue it should.

    The Eagles are the team that’s been beating their heads up against the wall for decades now. The perpetual underachievers when it’s counted. How many more devil’s bargains can they pile up before something gives? Vick as QB? Overloading your secondary that much? It’s all short-term investments with this team, and a thankless fan base.

    Yeah, in this division, heck, this conference, all the pressure’s on the Eagles. They’ll deserve the kudos if they weather it, and the scorn if they don’t.

  98. granadafan says: Aug 4, 2011 1:53 PM

    Not a Cowgirls fan at all, but I like this Ryan’s approach and “swagger”. That said, the team needs to back up the new swaggr with wins. Talk is cheap as his brother Rexy Ryan found out with the Jets.

  99. moochzilla says: Aug 4, 2011 1:55 PM

    Hey, we all make fun of Wade Phillips.

    But back in the McNabb era he came up with some great schemes that stopped us cold.

    I came to respect the man as a defensive mind. He was over-matched as a HC, but he’s a fine DC.

    Rob Ryan’s with the big boys now in the NFC East. Let’s see what he has, aside from a big mouth.

  100. Soulman45 says: Aug 4, 2011 2:00 PM

    No matter what the coach say they are still a 6-10 team.

  101. mikenj says: Aug 4, 2011 2:08 PM

    he can be as tough as he wants but his players are SOFT.

  102. puregenius47 says: Aug 4, 2011 2:12 PM

    What hardware do the Ryans posess that allow them to constantly run their fat mouths?? They have done NOTHING so please stop talking.
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    Looks like the Ryans and the Eagles have something in common.

  103. axespray says: Aug 4, 2011 3:14 PM

    pftlhp says:Aug 4, 2011 10:54 AM
    I prefer the non-”personality” types who always seem vague and indifferent to the media but win.

    ^ the one Rex’s Jets beat in Indy and New England in back to back weeks in the playoffs?

  104. zeussuperman says: Aug 4, 2011 4:02 PM

    Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Aug 4, 2011 10:47 AM

    Done deal. Philly’s crash and burn this season will be epic. All names, no players.

    Go Cowboys!

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    Yup! No players on this team. DeSean, LeSean, Nnamdi, Dominique, Asante… just names!

  105. zeussuperman says: Aug 4, 2011 4:04 PM

    stevemcguigan says: Aug 4, 2011 10:54 AM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Rob Ryan’s resume spottier than his lobster bib? Has he done….anything…….anywhere?

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    Ahahahaha. Rob Ryan joke of the week.

  106. zeussuperman says: Aug 4, 2011 4:07 PM

    mikea311 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:15 AM

    Never underestimate the power of a quality defensive coordinator, just see my Giants in recent years for proof. Dallas will be better becuase of it and the Eagles for are going to figure it out the hard way.

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    Not the Giants, though, because they don’t have to play the Cowboys this season.

  107. zeussuperman says: Aug 4, 2011 4:14 PM

    kevpft says: Aug 4, 2011 1:53 PM

    Sure, the “America’s team” thing always puts a certain level of expectation on the Cowboys. But they’ve been misfiring for years, and people still remember the 3-SB Aikman years quite clearly – the aura of a winning team hasn’t completely left the franchise, even though some argue it should.

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    Uh, only in Dallas would anyone think the Dallas Cowboys have a “winning aura” from the Aikman years.

    It’s not the Aura of a winning team, it’s having the most media time because you have the largest fanbase (which, ironically, came from having the most media time just as football was blowing up in popularity — Jerruh’s one true master-stroke as GM).

    NFL network today aired Cowboys camp updates every hour on the hour. Let’s not pretend like because the Eagles made a huge splash this offseason, that the Boys aren’t still media darlings.

    Get off to a hot start, and the bullseye will be right back on you.

  108. MossMoon2Packers says: Aug 4, 2011 5:27 PM

    Players genuflect to Ryan, who really is larger than life.

  109. TheWizard says: Aug 4, 2011 8:01 PM

    Wow. In the pic he looks like Merlin the Magician on acid. Not good.

  110. dd393 says: Aug 4, 2011 8:41 PM

    Just don’t get between Ryan and the dessert table.

  111. nctech says: Aug 4, 2011 10:45 PM

    Not the Giants, though, because they don’t have to play the Cowboys this season.

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    Except on December 11th and January 1st.

  112. cowboys8819 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:58 PM

    I’m sorry its just hard to take eagle fans seriously. C’mon any city nicknamed “City Of Brotherly Love” sounds gay to me. Some let’s go Cowboys let’s just kick their a$$es and not stick it in their a$$es because they may like that and we don’t need that in Texas! Lmao

  113. kevpft says: Aug 4, 2011 11:47 PM

    zeussuperman says: Aug 4, 2011 4:14 PM

    “Uh, only in Dallas would anyone think the Dallas Cowboys have a “winning aura” from the Aikman years.

    It’s not the Aura of a winning team,”

    Really? 3 Super Bowls won by one edition of the team? I know an Eagles fan might not understand the effect of that, so it’s okay. It does create an aura. Same aura that has carried teams like the Yankees, Patriots, Lakers, and Steelers through years of privation.

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    “NFL network today aired Cowboys camp updates every hour on the hour. Let’s not pretend like because the Eagles made a huge splash this offseason, that the Boys aren’t still media darlings.”

    Yes, we all know how the media loves to cover teams that do nothing but lose. The Cowboys built their fan base by winning 5 Super Bowls and racking up a lot of classic rivalries and seasons. (Again, Eagles fans might not understand the profound long-term effects of such a thing.) They’ve been hot & cold for many years now, but only have 1 losing season out of the past 6. Hardly a team with no reasons for coverage.

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    “Get off to a hot start, and the bullseye will be right back on you.”

    Yes, but as you say, the team has a loyal fan base, and one that’s a lot less reactionary than Philly’s. Philly’s in an unforgiving spot no matter what the circumstances. Anyone think that anything less than a Super Bowl win is going to satisfy Philly fans this year? Again – having won 5 Super Bowls does create expectations, but it also creates a baseline of satisfaction with a team that teams like, say, Dallas, New York, and Washington can understand.

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    (Nicely modest user name, by the way.)

  114. masseaglefan says: Aug 5, 2011 3:14 AM

    Granted, I’m an Eagles fan. I am also a realist.

    Eagles 31 Cowboys 10

    Eagles 28 Cowboys 6

    No third game for the ‘boys.

    Superbowl…well…I’ll wait and see if we get there.

  115. steelerjon says: Aug 5, 2011 3:15 AM

    Looks like “Robbie” might beat Andy at another game….who will be hospitalized first due to a heart condition. Judging from the picture, can Rob Ryan be any more obese?

  116. kevpft says: Aug 5, 2011 1:45 PM

    @masseaglefan, please explain what has changed in the Cowboys defense and Eagles offense that will magically produce a 43-point differential, when last season, the differential was only +2 in the Eagles favor? With the Cowboys missing their starting QB and changing coaches midway through the season?

    You see, this is the kind of expectations that are going to kill the team this year.

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