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Rob Ryan, the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, was fired after spending two seasons in Arlington, Texas. Long-time coach Bradley Sperling notes that many fans believe Ryan took the wrong approach with his players, which led to a disappointing season. Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, finally spoke up about why he fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, according to an article on Jones realized the Dallas defense was depleted by injuries all season, but every team has to fight through the same issues and it appears that wasn’t an acceptable excuse for him. Even with those injuries, Jones says there are two particular games that jump out to him when the defense was fairly healthy. In the second week of the season, the Cowboys fell 27-7 to the Seattle Seahawks, who at that time were still figuring things out offensively with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Two weeks later, Dallas lost at home 34-18 to the Chicago Bears. The Seattle loss could be put on Ryan’s shoulders, but the loss to the Bears doesn’t seem fair. Quarterback Tony Romo threw five interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.  After a few of those games this season, many in the media believed Dallas head coach Jason Garrett was in hot water, but it appears the biggest head to roll will be Ryan’s. Bradley Sperling notes that many fans have pointed out several errors made by Ryan. First, many fans say the language Ryan used and the way he spoke to the Dallas players probably caused a rift between the two. This may have been something Ryan learned from his father, Buddy Ryan, who was also a coach in the National Football League. Yelling is a technique that was used by an older generation of coaches, but Bradley Sperling says that approach is no longer favored. Ryan was frequently seen shouting from the sidelines after bad plays by the defense. The way Ryan appeared to panic in some situations may have led to his firing. Players and owners want to see leadership out of their coaches and coordinators, but that’s not something Ryan succeeds at. It is unknown where Ryan will land next. His brother and head coach of the New York Jets, Rex, needs to replace his defensive coordinator. That decision will likely come from the new general manager of the Jets, though, and not Rex. ABOUT Bradley Sperling teaches his belief that coaches can remain passionate about the game while removing personal feelings from the situation. Bradley Sperling Comments on Cowboys Firing Rob Ryan - Indyposted -

NFL Rumors: Report suggests Rob Ryan to the St. Louis Rams

The Dallas Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan earlier this week. Ryan told reporters that he would be unemployed for about five minutes before landing another job in the NFL. Several rumors suggested that Ryan would join his brother Rex in New York with the Jets in need of a defensive coordinator, but that reunion is likely not to happen now. Reports are suggesting this...

Ryan denies he was hired by Rams

Rob Ryan denied that he was hired to be the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator. The New York Post reported the hire on Friday. Ryan was recently fired as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator. The Cowboys hired 72-year-old Monte Kiffin as Ryan's replacement. "I'm on a beach and have talked to nobody and have no comment," Ryan told ESPN Dallas. The...

Rob Ryan claims he hasn’t been hired by the Rams

It was reported by the New York Post last night that Rob Ryan had been hired as the Rams’ new defensive coordinator. Now according to Calvin Watkins of, Ryan claims he’s on a beach and hasn’t talked to anyone. “I’m on a beach and have talked to nobody and have no comment,’ said Ryan.       Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script...

By the Numbers: Monte Kiffin vs. Rob Ryan

Monte Kiffin will return to the NFL in 2013 as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. It has been four days since the Dallas Cowboys officially hired Monte Kiffin to take over as defensive coordinator. If you respect Larry Lacewell’s opinion—and a certain owner obviously does—you have reason for optimism. The former scouting director has told several reporters that Kiffin will...

Rob Ryan reportedly close to deal with Rams

It looks like New York is only big enough for one of the Ryan twins after multiple reports Friday said  that Rob Ryan was nearing a deal with the St. Louis Rams as their defensive coordinator. Rob Ryan was the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator until he was fired Tuesday.  Ryan's dismissal, along with the New York Jets canning of defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and linebackers...

From a Jack to a King: Dallas Cowboys hire Monte Kiffin to replace Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan is a defensive genius. If you don’t believe me, just ask him: “I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better,” Ryan told’s Tim MacMahon. “I (expletive) made them a hell of a lot better. I’ll be out of work for like five minutes.” Ryan, true to his genetic predisposition, was always one to over-promise and under...

Rob Ryan Follows Brother Rex’s Footsteps to Beach, Says Reports of Joining Rams Not True

Those Ryan brothers sure do like the beach. Shortly after brother Rex Ryan was caught lounging in the sun with a much-talked-about tattoo, former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan went to catch some rays. How do we know this? Well, because teams may be looking to ask him to join their coaching staffs, and he had to give some reason why he wasn’t answering their calls. As Calvin...

Jerry Jones Wants Jason Garrett To Stop Calling Plays

Many were shocked, to say the least, after former DC Rob Ryan was fired by owner Jerry Jones. There are now reports that Jerry Jones wants Jason Garrett to stop calling plays for the offense. This was reported by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio:   According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, owner Jerry Jones is pushing coach Jason Garrett to relinquish play-calling duties. Per Mort...

Gus Bradley is the Eagles New Coach, Maybe! Or not!

Photo via After days of rumors and snubs, a seeming lack of urgency on the part of the front office, and about 3,000 too-many mentions of the name "Gruden", the Eagles finally have their next head coach. Possibly. But, they definitely do. Maybe. According to former NFL-er Kevin O'Connell of San Diego's 1360 AM, Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley...
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