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Brandon Carr: You’ve got to roll with the punches

Mike McNeill, Bruce Carter, Brandon Carr AP

The Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on Tuesday and some members of the team’s defense took to Twitter to express their reaction to the news.

Defensive end Jason Hatcher called it “a sad day” and linebacker Bruce Carter didn’t need all 140 characters to share his “WTF” feelings with the world. Cornerback Brandon Carr did a radio interview with WFAA on Tuesday night, allowing him more space to expand on his thoughts.

Carr noted the injuries that left the team shorthanded down the stretch, but he also said he understood why the team wanted to hold Ryan accountable for the defense’s poor performance.

“I’m not into pointing fingers,” Carr said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I go out there and try to do the job to my best ability. I believe our coaching staff put us in positions to make plays. Some of that lies on us being accountable for our own actions and not getting the job done on Sundays. Of course, some of that goes back on coaches. It’s a 50-50 split. That decision was made from higher up. As a player, you have to roll with the punches.”

Given Jerry Jones’ promise to make changes, it’s hard to be surprised by the Cowboys’ decision to part ways with Ryan. He certainly wasn’t to blame for everything that went into the subpar results from the defense and they were off to a good start before all of the injuries, but this is hardly the first time those distinctions have resulted in an NFL coach losing his job.

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19 Responses to “Brandon Carr: You’ve got to roll with the punches”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 9, 2013 10:43 AM

    Looks like someone didn’t like their coordinator.

  2. paulsmith107 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    Well I wasn’t a Ryan fan. When you talk that much you better be great. I know injuries were a big part of the problem this year but the talking had to stop. The fact he was always letting players off the hook not good. Danny McCray constantly missed tackles in big spots or was always blowing coverages on big pass plays but was never say and should have been. Hatcher getting the huge roughing the passer against rg3 to extend the drive and virtually end the game should have been yanked out of the game and let it be known that was a huge mess up. Now we need to hire someone who shuts up coaches not just schemes but fundementals that goes for the offensive side of the ball as well

  3. n0cusd says: Jan 9, 2013 11:03 AM

    Jerry has no patience…he is a gambler that moves on quickly if he does not “Strike it Big”.

    Building Dynasties Oil Speculation

    I thought building that big ole stadium would give him some perspective.

    Hopefully we will get a new OC with our new DC…and we can keep them for more than 2 years.

    IMHO Garret is a good administrator and culture “enforcer” but I don’t feel like he inspires other humans much. 7 years as OC…and Dallas still feels vanilla. I could see him more as a front office guy or over-seer of the folks that make the Xs and Os work.

    Try something new Jerry, let Steven be the GMj and learn how to clean your own glasses. :P

    -Life long Dallas fan

  4. wrathofgodzilla says: Jan 9, 2013 11:06 AM

    How does the only QB who threw more picks than the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs keep his job, but the defensive coordinator gets fired? Jerry Jones needs to stay out of football decisions. What a knucklehead…

  5. bunjy96 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:13 AM

    He fired the wrong coordinator.

  6. melikefootball says: Jan 9, 2013 11:26 AM

    No matter if you liked Ryan the point is he made Dallas defense better while he was there. You just can’t blame him or the running back coach as the fall for Dallas.

  7. ppc50 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:26 AM

    ” it’s hard to be surprised by the Cowboys’ decision to part ways with Ryan”
    —————————————
    Not true. This move was a shock to the majority of Cowboy players and fans. BTW – nice job deleting my last post. I guess PFT doesn’t like rebuttal on their misinformed comments or, like before, when I provide you with correct info. you make the change and delete my posts with the corrections.

  8. n0cusd says: Jan 9, 2013 11:28 AM

    Jerry has no patience…he is a gambler that moves on quickly if he does not “Strike it Big”.

    Building Dynasties does not equal Oil Speculation.

    I thought building that big ole stadium would give him some perspective.

    Hopefully we will get a new OC with our new DC…and we can keep them for more than 2 years.

    IMHO Garret is a good administrator and culture “enforcer” but I don’t feel like he inspires other humans much. 7 years as OC…and Dallas still feels vanilla. I could see him more as a front office guy or over-seer of the folks that make the Xs and Os work.

    Try something new Jerry, let Steven be the GMj and learn how to clean your own glasses. :P

    -Life long Dallas fan

  9. chattanola says: Jan 9, 2013 11:40 AM

    With the addition of Brandon Carr and trading up to acquire Mo Claiborne, like all preseason estimates, Jerry expected the Cowboys to have a shut-down D this season.

    Injuries and setbacks might cancel out those expectations, but I suspect it was something else between Jerry and Rob that resulted in the firing.

    Maybe RR had a strong opinion about Garret’s failures and came out and said so.

  10. mazblast says: Jan 9, 2013 11:44 AM

    Ryan always seemed to be more concerned with giving interviews, shouting, gesticulating, and having his fat a** on camera than with uh, what’s the term, darn, oh yeah, that’s it–coaching, and calling defenses. Seems to be a family condition.

    Rob Ryan, Celebrity Defensive Coordinator (TM), got fired because he took camera time away from Jerry Jones, Celebrity Owner (TM) and Jerry Jones, Celebrity Incompetent GM (TM). That’s why.

    So, Cowboys fans, you still have JJ in all his roles, Jason Garrett, the unaccomplished, invisible, uninspiring, and undistinguished head coach, and Tony Romo, Celebrity Quarterback (TM), a man more concerned with his semi-shaven look, his golf game, and his blondes than with where he throws the ball. We won’t even get into your sieve of an offensive line or your mama-beating WR. I actually feel sorry for the less loud among you fans.

  11. ron69 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:49 AM

    IMHO it was Rob Ryan’s decision to make the deal for Clairborne and Carr and he promised Jerry Jones a top 5 defense which he didn’t acomplished, it was as simple as that.

  12. watchdawg1103 says: Jan 9, 2013 12:41 PM

    Say what you want about all his talk, but the fact remains he did actually improve our defense some. Before all the injuries came, this was a pretty good defense. Losses came due to special teams and offensive turn overs. We turned the ball over in the Giants game for example on our half of the field which lead to their points. Their offense didn’t beat us. I would have liked to see him get one more year with a healthy defense. We really need a competent GM and an OC. I agree with an earlier comment that Garrett seems better suited for front office than head coach. I don’t see him motivating them or holding players responsible. He has the same look on his face for a turnover or loss as he does for a win.

  13. leafeaterx says: Jan 9, 2013 1:04 PM

    So JJ got impatient with being patient. I thought that the Dallas D over-achieved despite injuries… Next up.

  14. ceschatz says: Jan 9, 2013 1:32 PM

    wrathofgodzilla January 9, 2013, 11:06 AM EST

    How does the only QB who threw more picks than the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs keep his job, but the defensive coordinator gets fired? Jerry Jones needs to stay out of football decisions. What a knucklehead…
    ————————————
    Ummm maybe because he threw for twice as many yards and tds as both those QBs combined? You should probably learn the game of football before you comment.

  15. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 9, 2013 1:34 PM

    Well said by Carr who was brought in to help the secondary. Carr has been a goog addition and I imagine he found Ryan’s schemes as confusing as the rest of the team. At least I get that impression.

    Ryan has the front 7 stand around like they are in line at the post office instead of lining up to play. It is suppose to confuse the offense but has only served to confuse the defense.

  16. anarchopurplism says: Jan 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    Rob Ryan

    Scape-goat for locking Jerruh out of the locker room

    He was only saving more pizza for himself!

  17. ninjapleazee says: Jan 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    Not a Ryan fan but clearly JJ needs to step aside and hire a GM. Jason Garrett has no idea how to coach a team.

  18. h4rsh4 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    I hope Ray Horton doesn’t get a head coaching job and becomes the next DC in dallas along with Bill Callahan or Norv as the OC…Jason better fire him self as the OC….also special teams coach needs to be fired too.

  19. dcowboy4life says: Jan 9, 2013 3:42 PM

    Jones needs to hire a real OC, Head Coach & GM. It’s obvious us fans have to put up with his maniacal crap. He knows less about football than “wrathofgodzilla” does and that’s saying something since the dude don’t know a QB from a DC, OC or any other position!

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