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SO LONG, COWBOY: Sun sets on Spencer’s career in Big D | Dallas defender to go marching on in The Big Easy | Anthony Spencer reunited with Rob Ryan

IRVING, Texas – When word got out that defensive lineman Ben Gardner had obtained Anthony Spencer’s jersey number for the upcoming offseason workouts, most assumed Spencer’s eight-year tenure with the Dallas Cowboys was over. 

2014-2015 GAME 4 RECAP: New Orleans vs. Dallas | Dez delivers “We Dat” dagger | Cowboys rout Rob Ryan’s Saints, 38-17 | Gameday videos | NFL Analysis

PHOTO — Dez Bryant wasn’t the Dallas Cowboys’ primary target. Entering the fourth quarter, he only had two catches for 26 yards. But he delivered the final blow with less than four minutes remaining, catching an 18-yard touchdown on third-and-6. “Whenever you get the opportunity, you got to take advantage of it,” Bryant said. “That’s […]

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS IN BIG D: Jerry Jones not second guessing his decision to fire Rob Ryan

NEW ORLEANS – It was a given that Dallas Cowboys owner-general manager Jerry Jones would be reminded he fired the man who helped bring down his team last night on NBC’s nationally televised Sunday Night Football. The Saints vaunted offense lived up to its reputation in a 49-17 demolition of Dallas. But in an equally […]

HUMBLED AND HURT: With the Saints high-rolling offense, Rob Ryan can shoot for ‘average’

METAIRIE, La. — Rob Ryan figures his firing in Dallas will only help him relate to a Saints defense humbled by a historically bad season. “I don’t like getting fired,” Ryan said Thursday during his first meeting with reporters since Sean Payton hired him in February to revamp New Orleans’ last-ranked defense. “I know I […]

CLASS OF ‘09 VANISHED: Backup linebacker Victor Butler joins Rob Ryan in New Orleans

Backup linebacker Victor Butler has left the Cowboys for a free-two-year agent deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to a report by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which cited a league source. The move puts Butler back in the hands of former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was dismissed in January after two seasons […]

STOP THE CLOCK: Rob Ryan to coach New Orleans Saints defense

It’s official, Rob Ryan is heading to New Orleans. The Saints have hired Ryan to fill their defensive coordinator opening. “In regards to Rob, we have experience in preparing and playing against his defenses and they’ve always been challenging in terms of the different looks and pressures that they feature,” Saints coach Sean Payton said […]

FORMER DC STILL FISHING: Dallas Cowboys ex-defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will not run St. Louis Rams defense

Remember when Rob Ryan agreed to be the St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator? Well, about that… The Rams announced Tuesday that Ryan will not run their defense in 2013. “After extensive conversations regarding defensive philosophy, the Rams and Rob Ryan agreed he was not the right fit for the club’s defensive coordinator position,” COO/Executive VP […]

BACK-TO-BASICS DEFENSE: Rob Ryan’s lack of organization was his fatal flaw in Dallas

It was first from Jerry Glanville during one of those classic NFL Films moments when he uttered the phase to a referee after a call against his Oilers, “This is the NFL which stands for not for long if you keep making calls like that.” Whether you are a front office member like I was […]

DEFENSIVE AFTERMATH: What ‘Philosophical Change’ means for Rob Ryan’s defensive assistants

IRVING, Texas – Trying to decipher what head coach Jason Garrett meant by going “in a different direction philosophically on defense” after Rob Ryan’s departure can be tricky. The first way to take those comments is he might want to switch from the 3-4 scheme Ryan utilized during his short tenure in Dallas. Moving to […]

STAFF WRITER REACTIONS: Termination of Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

IRVING, Texas – For starters, I don’t think Rob Ryan deserved to lose his job. Sometimes we don’t always get what we deserve. That’s the harsh reality of life. And that’s the harsh reality of the business they call the NFL. I’m not sure about the old saying “nice guys finish last” but I’m pretty […]

UNCOMFORTABLE ZONE: Rob Ryan fired by Dallas Cowboys after two seasons

Jerry Jones promised changes were coming. The Dallas Cowboys owner said the weeks and months ahead at Valley Ranch would be very uncomfortable following another 8-8 failure. Rob Ryan learned Tuesday he was one of those changes, fired as defensive coordinator after two seasons in a move first reported by NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer […]

ROB RYAN PRESS CONFERENCE: Defense doesn’t want to be ‘second-class citizen’ to Cowboys offense, needs to be ‘a part of this’

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said the defense doesn’t want to be a second-class citizen compared to the offense. “Our offense, in my opinion, is second to none,” Ryan told reporters Friday at Valley Ranch. “We have a tremendous quarterback, and obviously a great system with Jason. So what we need to do is […]

ROB RYAN RADIO NETWORK: Anthony Spencer will relay defensive plays, Gerald Sensabaugh the backup signal caller

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan opted to have linebacker Ernie Sims call the signals last week, but Sims was sidelined after only five plays with a concussion. Teams can designate only two defensive players to wear a radio helmet, and that left Anthony Spencer to go back to having Ryan in his ear. "I […]

RELEASE THE HOUNDS: Time for Rob Ryan’s D to showcase Anthony Spencer, DeMarcus Ware

IRVING, Texas — It’s hard to have much hope for the Dallas Cowboys’ defense right now. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is basically holding open tryouts to try to plug holes at inside linebacker and in the secondary. The recent results have been about as pretty as the pictures of a shirtless Ryan that surfaced after […]

STERLING EFFORT: Moore contributes Sunday with only two days in Rob Ryan’s system

IRVING, Texas – A player who hadn’t been with the Dallas Cowboys for more than two days was on the field in the fourth quarter as the Eagles tried to keep the game within striking distance. Sterling Moore joined the Cowboys on Friday from the Patriots’ practice squad and answered the call on Sunday when […]

ROB RYAN – LOUD AND CLEAR: Spencer takes over play-calling for the defense

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer’s strong season now includes more responsibility. He’s going to be the play-caller for the defense now that Bruce Carter is lost for the season to injury. Spencer got his first chance to wear the communication helmet last week in the second half against Washington, when Carter went out with a […]

FOLLOWUP – REX RYAN: Sean Lee injury caused brother, Rob Ryan, to cry during phone conversation (UPDATED)

IRVING — Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he didn’t cry over linebacker Sean Lee’s season-ending toe injury, “but I probably should have.” On Wednesday, while discussing Jets linebacker Bart Scott’s toe injury, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said that his brother was “crying, literally, on the phone because they just lost their great […]

REX RYAN: Sean Lee injury caused brother, Rob Ryan, to cry during phone conversation

There’s no doubting that the Cowboys lost one of their most valuable players this week when it was announced Wednesday that Sean Lee was being placed on the injured reserve with a toe injury. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was so upset over losing the team’s leading tackler that he was driven to tears, according […]

POTATO PATATO: Rob Ryan emphasizes takeovers, not turnovers

IRVING, Texas – Give Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan credit for coming up with an interesting way to address creating turnovers. “Obviously we’re not good at getting turnovers, so we’re going to get takeovers this week,” Ryan said. “We’ve changed the game and I think we’re going to do much better. So we’re getting […]

WORK IN PROGRESS: Rob Ryan says it’ll be a bigger deal if Cowboys are No. 1 on defense after 16 weeks

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan promised he’d bring a No. 1-rated defense to the Cowboys, and he’s done it. Three weeks into the season, the Cowboys lead the NFL in fewest yards allowed, the league’s traditional measure for defensive ranking. Big deal, coach? “It’s going to be big if we can get it after […]

P0STGAME RECAP: Rob Ryan’s defense carries Dallas Cowboys to 16-10 victory over Tampa Bay

As the saying goes, sometimes you’ve just got to win ugly. At least that’s one word to describe the Dallas offense as they were able to scrape out a 16-10 victory over Tampa Bay in front of 81,984 fans. Behind an offensive line that struggled to create running room and keep the pocket clean, nearly […]

Rob Ryan: “We all know DeMarcus Ware isn’t at full speed.” (Bonus Video)

IRVING, Texas – DeMarcus Ware didn’t have the field day against Seahawks backup left tackle Frank Omiyale that many expected. Starting left tackle Russell Okung sat out with an injury, yet Ware didn’t register a sack against the Seahawks in a 27-7 loss last weekend. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan indicated Friday that Ware might not […]

HOLDING BACK: Why did Rob Ryan play so soft vs. Seahawks?

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan isn’t talking to the media after games this season, so we’ll have to wait until Friday afternoon to ask this question: What the heck was up with that soft game plan against the Seahawks? This was a disgrace to the blitz-happy Ryan family name. Give credit to Seattle’s Russell Wilson for […]

LIGHT RIBS AND TIGHT LIPS: Rob Ryan plans to let his defense do the talking this season

VIDEO: Rob Ryan – I Don’t Want To Be A Distraction (Click on picture or HERE to watch) Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan talks about the improvement the defense from last year to this year, and what changes he has made personally that he thinks will help the team. (Duration: 3:57) Jerry Jones has […]