Originally written on Silver and BlueBlood  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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 ESPNDallas.com’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-deliver. You never met a member of the Buddy Ryan clan that was reluctant to give you his resume with plenty of chest-thumping and dog-cussing for detractors.  Rob “The Dude” Ryan But what are the facts? In 2012, many, myself included, were willing to give Ryan a pass. He was working short-handed much of the year. But his defense finished 19th in the league. They were 17th against the run and 21st against the pass. That inability to defend the pass thing came despite owner Jerry Jones signing cornerback Brandon Carr to a $50 million contract and moving up in the draft to take Maurice Claiborne. In 2011, Ryan’s first sea...
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