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Rob Ryan says Cowboys defense was “beaten down” when he arrived

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Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan spent a lot of time talking about how good his defense was last season.

The results didn’t measure up to the words. The Cowboys struggled for long stretches of the year defensively, although they did improve on the performance of the team in 2011. Ryan said that he arrived in Dallas to find a defense that had been demoralized by its experiences the previous season and that was part of the reason he spent so much time talking them up.

“Those guys had been beaten down so much that, in my opinion, I don’t think they had the confidence to go forward,” Ryan said, via Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com.

Ryan also downgraded his assessment of the defense’s overall ability from last year’s raves to “a hell of a lot better than what I had in Cleveland.” We didn’t need to hear anything from Ryan to know the real assessment of the defensive talent in Dallas.

They let several players go from last year’s team and signed Brandon Carr, Dan Connor and Brodney Pool. They also drafted defensive players with each of their first four picks in the draft starting when they traded up to get cornerback Morris Claiborne. Now they need to show they’re better instead of just letting Ryan tell us.

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  1. geeeeemen says: Jun 6, 2012 12:45 PM

    Classic. Because the only thing that matters to the Dallas players is how they’re talked about in the media. That’s the reason they’ll always be losers.

    PS Eli owns Dallas

  2. blacknole08 says: Jun 6, 2012 12:49 PM

    Defense wasn’t the main issue for Dallas last season. It was Romo’s decision making in the 2nd half of games that the Cowboys were winning (some by 2+ TDs) and Jason Garrett’s coaching inexperience in those same situations that cost the Cowboys a division title last season.

  3. agcooney108 says: Jun 6, 2012 12:56 PM

    blacknole08 says: Jun 6, 2012 12:49 PM

    Defense wasn’t the main issue for Dallas last season. It was Romo’s decision making in the 2nd half of games that the Cowboys were winning (some by 2+ TDs) and Jason Garrett’s coaching inexperience in those same situations that cost the Cowboys a division title last season.
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    romo probably had his best season last year, what are you saying?? the defense let them down horribly by mid-way during the season with no secondary help what so ever

  4. vincentbojackson says: Jun 6, 2012 12:57 PM

    Then they had to endure him making bogus predictions after he got there.

  5. thejuddstir says: Jun 6, 2012 12:58 PM

    Rob Ryan is as big of a blowhard as his brother Rex, it doesn’t matter that what they have to say in pure b.s., they just like to hear themselves talk and keep their name in the media. Wade Phillips may have his shortcomings as a headcoach but he has been one of the best defensive coaches since entering the league. Funny that da’ boys defense was “beaten down” from Wade Phillips but the Texans defense became one of the best in the league when he arrived in Houston….conversely, the cowboys defense got worse after Rob Ryan arrived…….feed us some more b.s. rob-boy.

  6. hedleykow says: Jun 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    Now I understand.

    When Rob Ryan sticks his homeless-man’s-looking-head in front of a microphone and tells tall tales about the greatness of the Cowboys’ D, what he actually is saying is,

    “if you’re smart, you won’t be betting on us this Sunday.”

  7. txxxchief says: Jun 6, 2012 1:10 PM

    Rob has a foolproof plan to improve the defensive players’ stamina and strength. They will all keep a medicine ball taped to their stomachs, the same way he does.

  8. daysend564 says: Jun 6, 2012 1:10 PM

    thejuddstir says:
    Funny that da’ boys defense was “beaten down” from Wade Phillips but the Texans defense became one of the best in the league when he arrived in Houston
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    Look at their schedule. You telling me the fact that they played one of the easiest schedules in the league had nothing to do with how “good” their defense appeared?

    If you get 6 games a year against the 2011 Colts, Jaguars, and Titans you had better be ranked in the top half of the league. When you toss in the Dolphins, Bucs, and Browns you better be looking at a top 5 defense.

    It is funny how good teams look when they play against garbage teams.

  9. blacknole08 says: Jun 6, 2012 1:11 PM

    agcooney108 says: Jun 6, 2012 12:56 PM

    romo probably had his best season last year, what are you saying?? the defense let them down horribly by mid-way during the season with no secondary help what so ever

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    Let’s break down those games I was talking about shall we:

    Week 1 @ Jets – Cowboys were up 24-10 going into the 4th quarter, Romo decides to try and run for the TD and ends up fumbling at the goal line. He also forced the ball that resulted in an INT to Revis. Cowboys should have won that game.

    Week 4 vs Lions: Cowboys were up 27-3 in the 3rd quarter when Romo threw back-to-back INTs that were returned for TDs. Cowboys should have won that game.

    Week 6 @ Patriots: Cowboys were up 16-13 in the 4th quarter in a two minute situation. The running game was not working all day, yet Garrett decides to call three straight running plays, resulting in a 3 and out and punting the ball back to Brady. You know the rest.

    Week 13 @ Cardinals: Romo got the Boys into field goal position and they were set up to win the game, when Garrett inexplicably decided to freeze his own kicker. This was killer and definitely cost the Cowboys a playoff berth.

    That’s 4 games they should have won. If all the other games played out the same way the Boys were looking at a 12-4 record, despite being 2-4 in their division.

  10. gorilladunk says: Jun 6, 2012 1:12 PM

    @juddstir….actually, from a statistical standpoint, Wade’s last year in Dallas produced the WORST defense in the HISTORY of the organization. And that includes their expansion season and 1989 (when they were the worst team in the league). Yards allowed, points allowed, etc. Wade is a very good coordinator, but he’s a miserable head coach and his final year with the Cowboys proved him not to be very good at either.

  11. philgrek says: Jun 6, 2012 1:22 PM

    “Funny that da’ boys defense was “beaten down” from Wade Phillips but the Texans defense became one of the best in the league when he arrived in Houston….conversely, the cowboys defense got worse after Rob Ryan arrived…….feed us some more b.s. rob-boy.”

    What in the….????

    Wade Phillips’ defense is what got him fired mid-season! As it went from 2nd to 31st in Points Allowed up in 1 single season with 5 consecutive games (10 games total) of allowing 24+ points (4 of the 5 went for over 34 pts). Then, with the arrival of Rob Ryan the defense rose to 16th in Points Allowed and there were 5 games total where more than 24 points was allowed (4 of those games were against top 10 Offenses). I’d say that’s a significant improvement. Where are you getting your worthless opinions from? Congratulations to Wade Phillips for turning around the Texans defense……..for one season thus far. What does how the Texans performed in 2011 have to do with how the Cowboys performed in 2010 anyway?? And why is it that when a player/coach answers a question from the media in a way that someone doesn’t like, it gets treated as though that player/coach sought out the media to get a quote out there?? The fact that you truly believe that Rob Ryan sits around purposely attempting to keep his name “in the media” by “feeding us b.s.” shows how delusional you are.

  12. solomon151 says: Jun 6, 2012 1:39 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Let’s break down those games I was talking about shall we:

    Week 1 @ Jets – Cowboys were up 24-10 going into the 4th quarter, Romo decides to try and run for the TD and ends up fumbling at the goal line. He also forced the ball that resulted in an INT to Revis. Cowboys should have won that game.

    Week 4 vs Lions: Cowboys were up 27-3 in the 3rd quarter when Romo threw back-to-back INTs that were returned for TDs. Cowboys should have won that game.

    Week 6 @ Patriots: Cowboys were up 16-13 in the 4th quarter in a two minute situation. The running game was not working all day, yet Garrett decides to call three straight running plays, resulting in a 3 and out and punting the ball back to Brady. You know the rest.

    Week 13 @ Cardinals: Romo got the Boys into field goal position and they were set up to win the game, when Garrett inexplicably decided to freeze his own kicker. This was killer and definitely cost the Cowboys a playoff berth.

    That’s 4 games they should have won. If all the other games played out the same way the Boys were looking at a 12-4 record, despite being 2-4 in their division.
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    Thats easy to say that, But if you dont mind what about those other four games that they lost?? Who’s fault was that?? Look, I dont understand why people give so much credit to a QB when it takes a whole team to win in the NFL. Offense and Defense. Romo had his best year last year as a pro, sure he made some mistakes. But in alot of those games the defense let the team down. When you throw for over four thousand yards and thirty tds and only ten picks. Its hard to place the blame of a failed season at his feet. Garrett was a rookie head coach last year. C’mon

  13. romoscollarbone says: Jun 6, 2012 1:45 PM

    Romo, Romo, Romo, Romo. I really hope he can just break thru this year. The guy’s career stats are beastly, but he needs to get the monkey off his back, so he can get some dang respect. Last season’s failures, are organizational. Bad personnel, bad qb play in crunch time, poor clock management by garret, and letting off the gas too early, bc of distrust w/ Tony.

    When you’re QB is an ad-lib gunslinger, you live and die by it. (see, Favre, Brett) You can’t hide from it. While he cost them, the Detroit game, hands down, he also won the Niner game, finding Holley, streaking. It all comes w/ the territory.

    Hopefully, a healthy, Murray, allows Felix to slide back to his more comfortable, change of pace role, and the running game is more dynamic, allowing, the offense to not rely on Tony to always have to convert 3rd & 9, which it always felt like.

  14. sfniners4life says: Jun 6, 2012 1:45 PM

    A nice way to say they had a poor secondary with only one pass rusher. They got light up but at the same time if u have a overrated qb making horrible mistakes and putting pressure on a poor defense then it’s surely going get exposed. Just keep the excuses coming cause this year won’t b much better as long as u got Eli and Vick ripping u up. Dallas is got a bunch of issues even though they actually acquired a future shutdown corner. It’s time to look at the safety’s, DE, and inside linebackers. Just like cowboy fans tried to blame it on Ryans defense being to hard to learn in a lockout year. Lol nope, try getting a good coach and maybe players will respond.

  15. ceschatz says: Jun 6, 2012 2:14 PM

    @blacknole08
    You forgot to add how much Romo put the cowboys up in those games as well as how much the DEFENSE let up. You have a QB who puts up 30+ pts a game but a defense that lets up 40. Every QB makes mistakes buts on the defense to stop the opposing offense.

  16. blacknole08 says: Jun 6, 2012 2:23 PM

    solomon151 says: Jun 6, 2012 1:39 PM

    Thats easy to say that, But if you dont mind what about those other four games that they lost?? Who’s fault was that?? Look, I dont understand why people give so much credit to a QB when it takes a whole team to win in the NFL. Offense and Defense. Romo had his best year last year as a pro, sure he made some mistakes. But in alot of those games the defense let the team down. When you throw for over four thousand yards and thirty tds and only ten picks. Its hard to place the blame of a failed season at his feet. Garrett was a rookie head coach last year. C’mon

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    I’m not disagreeing with you on the other four games the Cowboys lost, well except maybe the first Giants game. I actually like Romo, but he seems to lack focus and that killer instinct that a QB needs to take their team to the next level. He is one of the most frustrating players in the NFL to watch because he should be elite at this point.

    I’m not gonna let Garrett off the hook though; the Cowboys went 5-4 when he was the interim in 2010 and the Cowboys looked promising going into the 2011 season. Jim Harbaugh was a rookie head coach too but he coached like he had been in the league for years.

  17. ppc50 says: Jun 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    Blacknole08:
    Though I agree with the games you wrote about, Romo saved 2 games vs the Redskins. I’m a Dallas fan, since ’76, I think that the defense failed more than once. Garrett was responsible for the play-calling and all Dallas had to do vs. the Kittens is to basically sit on the ball and run-out the clock. Garrett instructed Romo to throw the ball. Vs. the Jets – Witten was pushed out of bounds at the 1 by a 185 lb safety, then Garrett chose to pass the ball from the 1 every-time. You are right about the Cards game, but, again, Romo put them in position to win. How about the Niners’ game when Romo, with a punctured lung and fractured rib, led them to victory. They should have won the division last year, but Garrett, Newman, Ball, Elam and Scandrick were the primary reasons why they lost.

  18. blacknole08 says: Jun 6, 2012 2:40 PM

    ceschatz says: Jun 6, 2012 2:14 PM

    @blacknole08
    You forgot to add how much Romo put the cowboys up in those games as well as how much the DEFENSE let up. You have a QB who puts up 30+ pts a game but a defense that lets up 40. Every QB makes mistakes buts on the defense to stop the opposing offense.

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    Don’t exaggerate. The Cowboys averaged like 23 points a game and gave up about 21 points a game. And Romo may have put the Boys up in those games but he also gave away some of those same games too. He is a great player but he isn’t someone I can consistently count on to make good choices with the ball in crunch time.

  19. jrcoop says: Jun 6, 2012 2:55 PM

    Wow I did not realize that Cowboys team gear came in maternety sizes.

  20. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 6, 2012 3:19 PM

    The cowboys are old news. Same story, different season.

    When people like Colin Cowherd are singing the cowboys praises year after year and they continually disappoint, it’s time to move on.

    Media darlings, America’s most hated team, even more than the Saints.

  21. lachamp45 says: Jun 6, 2012 3:42 PM

    Rob can coach….the more of “his” type of players he gets in Dallas, the better the results. And the Cowgirls have talent. Just not a lot of heart. Go Rams!!!

  22. stevebreastonplants says: Jun 6, 2012 4:55 PM

    @blacknole08 or whatever

    Let’s break down those games I was talking about shall we:

    Week 1 @ Jets – Cowboys were up 24-10 going into the 4th quarter, Romo decides to try and run for the TD and ends up fumbling at the goal line. He also forced the ball that resulted in an INT to Revis. Cowboys should have won that game. – Romo did fumble, but he didn’t allow the jets and Sanchez to drive 99 yards on him to win the game. Mark Sanchez.

    Week 4 vs Lions: Cowboys were up 27-3 in the 3rd quarter when Romo threw back-to-back INTs that were returned for TDs. Cowboys should have won that game. – I admit, Romo’s fault.

    Week 6 @ Patriots: Cowboys were up 16-13 in the 4th quarter in a two minute situation. The running game was not working all day, yet Garrett decides to call three straight running plays, resulting in a 3 and out and punting the ball back to Brady. You know the rest. – explain to me how this is Romo’s fault.

    Week 13 @ Cardinals: Romo got the Boys into field goal position and they were set up to win the game, when Garrett inexplicably decided to freeze his own kicker. This was killer and definitely cost the Cowboys a playoff berth. – also, explain to me how this is Romo’s fault.

    Romo is far from the Cowboys biggest problem. There’s a certain stigma about the Cowboys that is really lacking that determination to win and they seem to be waiting for it to come to them instead of going to win it themselves. That’s Jerry’s fault, and it doesn’t help that he brings in clowns like Rob Ryan.

  23. realitysmack22 says: Jun 6, 2012 5:40 PM

    @blacknole08

    Yea I really don’t care for Tony Romo but even I can’t blame him for his defense giving up leads..u said yourself (up 2tds)..the offense outs up points..it’s the defensrs job to make sure the other team doesn’t..simple as that..we not talking about a field goal lead..we’re talking 2 touchdowns

  24. tonyromoisterrible says: Jun 6, 2012 9:32 PM

    Oakland and Cleveland were also beaten down and became even more beaten down by poor coaching. Just because his name is Ryan doesn’t mean he knows how to coach winning defenses. Cowgirls finish 4-12 this year.

    HTTR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. solomon151 says: Jun 7, 2012 7:51 AM

    tonyromoisterrible says:
    Jun 6, 2012 9:32 PM
    Oakland and Cleveland were also beaten down and became even more beaten down by poor coaching. Just because his name is Ryan doesn’t mean he knows how to coach winning defenses. Cowgirls finish 4-12 this year.
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    I’m amazed at how a fan of a bad team can talk about a team the swept them last year. Redskins fans live off of false hope every year. 4-12, LOL, Yea right. YOu’d be lucky if the Skins win 6 games this year. All of this RG3 hype, Please you can only hope he will be as good as Romo. Good Luck in Richmond Haters, LOL

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