Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/8/13
The Dallas Cowboys' failure to make the playoffs cost Rob Ryan his job, as the defensive coordinator was fired Tuesday, according to multiple media reports. "I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better. I (expletive) made them a hell of a lot better. I'll be out of work for like five minutes," Ryan told ESPNDallas. The Cowboys' defense ranked 19th in the league in 2012 after placing 14th in 2011, Ryan's first year in Dallas. Dallas missed out on a playoff berth by losing its first two games, 34-31 in overtime against the visiting New Orleans Saints, then 28-18 to the Redskins at Washington in a game that decided the NFC East championship. The Cowboys (8-8) allowed at least 24 points in five of their final six games, going 3-3 in that span. The defense was hampered by season-ending injuries to defensive end Kenyon Coleman, safety Barry Church, linebackers Bruce Carter and Sean Lee, and nickel back Orlando Scandrick. Nose tackle Josh Brent also missed the final four games after he was charged with intoxication manslaughter after he crashed his car in an accident that killed Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. Ryan served as the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders (2004-08) and Cleveland Browns (2009-10). He had one year remaining on his contract with Dallas. The Cowboys fired running backs coach Skip Peete on Monday.
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