I have said this before and I will say it again: I started covering the Dallas Cowboys because someone needed to report the truth. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. As much as I love the Dallas Cowboys, I will remain objective. Love me or hate me, I will never flip flop on my opinions or my evaluations. I have to say that due to the ignorance of both the talking heads of the media and fans alike, Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan is getting a raw deal.
It amazes me how soon people forget that Rob Ryan had the Cowboys defense ranked #1 in the NFL before all of the injuries started piling up. I would like to see any Defensive Coordinator in the NFL accomplish what he has scheme wise, with a bunch of 3rd string players on the field. Yes Cowboys fans, that is what Rob Ryan has been trying to play defense with: street free agents and at some positions 3rd string players from the practice squad.
First, the Dallas Cowboys lost their two starting inside LB’s Sean Lee (arguably the most important player on the defense) and Bruce Carter. Then they lost backup LB’s Orie Lemon and Caleb Mcsurdy. Veteran LB Dan Connor has been dealing with nagging injuries. Rob Ryan’s defense has also lost starting safety Barry Church, slot CB Orlando Scandrick,( in the 2nd half of the Bengals game they lost starting CB Morris Claiborne), and the 1st and 2nd string Nose Tackles, Jay Ratliff and Josh Brent. OLB’s Demarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer are playing banged up. The Dallas Cowboys defense has also lost starting DE Kenyon Coleman and back up DT Ben Bass for the year due to injury. In spite of all these injuries and the consequent need to fill spots with new players that don’t know his system, Rob Ryan’s defense still managed to not only hold a good team like Cincinnati to 19 pts, but keep the Cowboys defense 11th in the NFL for total defense (they were 26th before he came here when healthy). The Dallas Cowboys defense is currently 8th against the pass, and 16th against the run.
If you want to criticize or blame anyone, it should be the Dallas Cowboys Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett because, even with most of his starters healthy, the Cowboys offense is 26th in red zone scoring, 16th in points and 31st running the ball. Without Romos’ escape ability and arm this team would be dead in the water. As a result of Romo’s magician-like athleticism, the Cowboys are 3rd in pass yards. At least have something to base your argument on if you are going to bash a coach. As far as the penalty against Rob Ryan for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Bengals, it was a crappy call. I like a coach who isn’t afraid to defend his players and show some type of emotion during a game, unlike Garrett who sits on the side lines like a mannequin. I don’t know what people expect, but all the best coaches were never afraid to give a referee or a player a piece of their mind. Especially when their player was in the right. I would expect nothing less. Number 71 Andre Smith was repeatedly getting away with holds. As I said in my opening sentence:
The idea of bashing/blaming a QB who is the heart and soul of an underachieving penalty laden offense and a guy who is constantly running for his life, yet manages to have the Dallas Cowboys 3rd in the entire NFL in passing, is ludicrous. Tony Romo is doing his job. You need to look at the players around him to see who is not doing their job. The same goes for Rob Ryan. He has kept the Dallas Cowboys defense at the top of the NFL in spite of having 7 of his starters sidelined and having to insert free agents off of the street who haven’t even had a full week to learn the defense. Your entitled to your opinion, but I will say this:
If anything at all, The Dallas Cowboys’ Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan, is deserving of a defensive coach of the year award! Enough said.
If you would like to receive email notifications when my articles get published Click Here.