Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 1/29/13
On vacation in Turks & Caicos earlier this month Rob Ryan received a phone call from Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett informing the team's defensive coordinator that he would no longer be employed by the club. While talking to reporters after receiving the news, Ryan boasted that he'd find another job in five minutes. After returning from vacation, reports surfaced that Ryan would likely join the St. Louis Rams as the team's new defensive coordinator. According to the Rams' official Twitter account, the team has decided that Ryan is no longer their best choice. A tweet Tuesday morning posted to the account said, "After extensive conversations regarding defensive philosophy, the Rams and Rob Ryan agreed he was not the right fit for the DC position." Ryan, who was considered the leading candidate for the Rams' d-coordinator position, spent two seasons with the Cowboys. Under Ryan's guidance the Cowboys finished 19th in total defense in 2011 and 14th in 2012. With five defensive starters out for the season, Ryan was forced to use free agent players in significant roles down the stretch this year, a scenario that made it difficult to maintain the top 10 defense the Cowboys were deploying during the first half of the season. Perhaps the biggest criticism of Ryan's time in Dallas was that he implemented too much into his 3-4 scheme, which resulted in players frequently changing position right before the snap. At times, the adjustments led to players scrambling on and off the field seconds before the ball was snapped, leaving the unit vulnerable to big plays. Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
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