Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/9/13
The firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was met with much scrutiny, appearing to be an attempt to blame Ryan for yet another disappointing Cowboy's season. Ryan's defense was decimated by injury, and yet he was able to keep the Cowboys competitive. But Ryan's tenure in Dallas was far from perfect. His defenses showed many of the same problems as past Cowboy defenses: lack of discipline, missed assignments in the secondary, and coming up small in big situations. And even when the Cowboys had all their players healthy they were not forcing turnovers, tying the Kansas City Chiefs for fewest interceptions. By firing Ryan, Jerry Jones makes a statement that the Cowboy's are going to be a different kind of defense in 2013, likely to a 4-3 defense. Jones has been known to make big moves that he thinks can be the difference in his team's success, and this off-season he may be looking at former Bear's head coach Lovie Smith as the guy who can help his team turn the corner. Smith, the fo...
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