Rob Ryan Likely to Become Dallas Cowboys’ Defensive Coordinator
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is in contract talks with the Cowboys to become the team’s defensive coordinator in 2011. Ryan has extensive knowledge of the 3-4 defense and will implement a system not drastically different from the one the team ran this past season.
Cowboys fans should be thrilled with this move. While Dom Capers was the top choice for a lot of fans (including myself), Ryan’s style should fit well in Dallas. While head coach Jason Garrett seems to be a capable motivator, he isn’t generally an in-your-face vocal kind of leader. Ryan is just that. The decision by Garrett (and Jerry, of course) to hire Ryan signals the recognition by Garrett of his own weaknesses and a willingness to supplement his coaching style with someone radically different.
Most importantly, Ryan will install an aggressive approach that should result in more takeaways and, if nothing else, a more exciting brand of football. Expect to see blitzes disguised more effectively and more pre-snap confusion (for the offense) in general.
Earlier today, I posted the PPG surrendered by teams for which Ryan has been the defensive coordinator: