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IRVING, Texas – Of course, with as popular a topic as Peyton Manning has been around Valley Ranch this year, it was inevitable the topic would come up when the Broncos showed up on the schedule.
With his team set to travel to AT&T Stadium this weekend, Manning was questioned about Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones’ offseason comments that he wanted Tony Romo to have the same level of involvement in the Cowboys’ offense as Manning has in Denver.
But Manning didn’t bite when asked how he reacted to those comments
“I didn’t take it any way,” he said. “I’m the wrong one to ask that – it’s a question for (Jones). I can’t give you a good answer there.”
Manning was even more modest when asked to describe his reputation for time spent at work – particularly during the season.
“Every quarterback that is starting in this league multiple years puts in time. Otherwise you just don’t keep your starting job,” he said. “I feel like I do what I need to do to get ready to play. But any quarterback that’s a starter year after year, I promise you, they’re putting work in – in the facility, on their own – otherwise it shows up and you lose your job.”
Broncos coach John Fox was a little more forthright regarding Manning’s work week.
“He doesn’t take days off – his Tuesday is preparing and looking at tape, to doing what we call go back cut-ups. He prepares extremely hard,” Fox said. “But from what I’ve seen on tape, Tony is playing terrific.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Romo would be meeting with the coaching staff about game preparation in the early going of game week.
“He watches a lot of tape on his own and we sit and visit. That’s typically more, not so much on Monday — Monday is more about wrapping up yesterday’s game,” he said. “Then, this part of the day, we all start getting into the upcoming opponent. He’ll spend time watching tape today, watching tape tomorrow and we’ll visit at different points tomorrow.”
Monte Kiffin on staying upbeat
Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin knows the challenge presented ahead to him by facing Peyton Manning one week after failing to produce against the Chargers.
Kiffin didn’t offer any secrets to containing the quarterback, whom he described as maybe the best at his position of all time, but Kiffin knows confidence is essential for his defensive group after last week’s performance.
“It’s a big challenge for us,” Kiffin said (Video | Audio). “We should be fired up. Like I said, I’ve got the 24-hour rule. I think this week it was 48 hours, but it’s over with now. We walk in there Wednesday morning, let’s go. What a great challenge.”
Kiffin said the Cowboys can’t allow one touchdown to get them out of their game, and they’ve also got to hang in as best as possible to minimize the long, explosive plays that have allowed Manning to throw 16 touchdown passes without an interception. He knows that will be a challenge, because there aren’t any looks Manning’s unfamiliar with.
“Come on, the guy hit seven (touchdowns) the first week of the season,” Kiffin said. “Good God, let’s go back and play.”
Kiffin said Manning may be playing better now than he ever has in his career. After a week of struggles against Philip Rivers, this weekend will be the toughest challenge to date for the Cowboys’ defensive backs, including Morris Claiborne, who had his struggles last week. With the Cowboys employing mostly the nickel package against the Broncos, he’ll continue to find his way onto the field this week.
“He’s been off a little bit,” Kiffin said. “He was hurt, you know. I think that sets you back a little bit. I’m not making excuses. He’s a great kid, a great young man. He’s bounced back. He made some really good plays, too.
THE TEXAS 2 RUSHMEN: Dallas Cowboys D-Line renamed by Rod Marinelli
IRVING, Texas – The rooms along the hallway inside the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch practice facility are labeled the way you would think they would be labeled: tight ends, offensive line and so on. The defensive line used to be there.
Rod Marinelli changed it to Rushmen.
“It’s what we have to do, OK,” said Marinelli, the Cowboys defensive line coach. “It’s something in the four-man front that what you try to identify a position or men the No. 1 thing they’ve got to be able to do, and that it’s very clear.”
In the 3-4 scheme the Cowboys ran from 2005-12, the defensive line was not hugely responsible for the pass rush, though Jay Ratliff had 7 1/2 and six sacks in 2008-09 from his nose tackle spot. In the 4-3 Texas 2 scheme the Dallas Cowboys will run this year, the pressure on the quarterback has to come from the defensive line.
DeMarcus Ware is one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL. Anthony Spencer had a career-high 11 sacks in 2012 and was named to the Pro Bowl. The Cowboys do not believe their transitions from outside linebacker to defensive end will be difficult.
Ratliff, however, has seen his sack total decline every year for the last five years. Jason Hatcher has never had more than 4 1/2 sacks in a season. Sean Lissemore and Tyrone Crawford will have to get to the passer more than they did last year, too.
The new sign is more of an attitude check.
“It’s all part of what we are,” Marinelli said. “I make sure we understand it and we go on from there.”
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OVERSHADOW SHRINKING: Talkative and boastful Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan letting actions speak
PHOTO: Dallas Cowboys DC Rob Ryan at rookie mini-camp
One of the biggest changes in Dallas Cowboys camp this year has been a smaller and quieter defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Not only has Ryan shocked everyone with his dramatic weight loss of more than 60 pounds but he has also trimmed the fat on his cocky trash talk of a year ago.
He refuses to be baited into boastful comments about beating the rival Philadelphia Eagles as he was a year ago. He also has declined to say his players are better than any others in the league which got him into hot water headed in the a game against the Detroit Lions because he intimated that Miles Austin and Dez Bryant were better receivers than Calvin Johnson.
Ryan has simply been muzzled by coach Jason Garrett who wants his players and coaches to let their play do their talking.
“I think it’s important for our team to do our work every day and let our actions speak for themselves,” Garrett said. “That’s an important concept for our players to understand and our coaches to understand. We want to have a confident group of guys but ultimately we have to do our jobs and demonstrate we are a good football team by playing the right way and winning football games.”
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RELATED: Dallas Cowboys DC Rob Ryan says weight loss was ‘for health, not beauty’
Back at the rookie minicamp, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan made his first appearance before reporters in a while. And while he said some things about his defense, the conversation turned more personal at the end.
Just like his twin Rex, Rob had lap-band surgery to help with weight loss. And while there was some thought that it was to help Rob get a head-coaching job, he said that wasn’t the reason at all.
Instead, it was much more simple.
“Just breathing at night …” Ryan began. “My wife was telling me, ‘We’re looking for the long haul here.’ So, I did it for health, not for beauty. I did get a sweet cut (takes off his hat), you guys gotta see this. Trying to look like a Cowboy.”
Ryan laughed and took off his hat, displaying a scraggly cut of his long hair. Looked to me like an 80s rocker with bed head. But what the heck do I know? Not exactly a beautician, ya know?
Anyway, Rob says he’s lost 35 pounds already, which is pretty awesome.
“That’s a good thing,” Ryan said. “And it’s only been a couple months. I’ll keep working.”
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Rob Ryan predicts Dallas Cowboys defense ‘is going to be great this week’
For Rob Ryan, the night of Dec. 11 unfolded like a nightmare. The New York Giants moved up and down the field, shredding his defense in a 37-34 victory over Dallas. By the time the final whistle sounded, the Cowboys had failed to collect a sack and surrendered 400 passing yards to quarterback Eli Manning as their secondary was left in tatters.
"Hate to revisit a poor game by us," said Ryan, the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. "We didn’t execute well. I don’t think we did much well at all. I don’t think I called necessarily good enough things."
The plan, Ryan asserted, was also ill-conceived. In fact, he acknowledged it may have been too complex — an implication cornerback Mike Jenkins made only two days after the loss.
"We need to go back to the basics," Jenkins said then.
Ryan agreed, and he has since simplified his scheme.
"Your players are making mental mistakes, and that’s on the coaches," Ryan said. "It’s not on them. And that’s on me. So, we’ve done a good job of trying to figure out our guys first of all, identifying what we do best and playing that. When we play it well, we’re damn good."
As usual, Ryan projected confidence Friday. When asked if the Cowboys’ defense was capable of redeeming itself against the Giants on Sunday in a game that will determine the NFC East champion, Ryan didn’t waver.
"We’re going to be great this week," Ryan said. "We’re not going to make excuses, because we’re not going to have to. … If it doesn’t work out, I’ll be pissed off because everything we’ve got is in this one. …
"Hell, my family’s already traveled there a couple days early. I know they’re going to see the Empire State Building, probably see their Uncle Rex and cousin Matthew, but they’re there to watch their dad become a champion again, and that’s what we’re going to do."
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ROB RYAN: Sunday’s game against the New York Giants a must-win affair for the Dallas Cowboys (Video)
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan yells at Line Judge Mike Spanier after a call.
Add defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to the list of Cowboys, not named head coach Jason Garrett, who are not trying to classify Sunday’s showdown against the Giants as just another game.
In fact, Ryan calls it a must win game for the Cowboys and has told his players as much.
“I always tell them the truth,” Ryan said. “Down the stretch here, is this a must win? In my opinion, yes it is. We need to win this game. It’s a hard game. If you watch the tape the last two weeks, you don’t want to watch it. Eli Manning threw 22 straight completions against the Saints, hung up 35 points against the World Champion defense supposedly. We’re up for a big challenge here, but our guys are ready to go. We’re anxious about this game, we’ve done our preparation and we can’t wait until it gets here.”
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Jason Garrett and Tony Romo speak to the media after defeating the Bills 44-7 at Cowboys Stadium.
Ryan: Put A Lot Of New Things In Today
Rob Ryan talks about having the presence of Sean Lee in the middle of the defense, and how his unit performed as a whole.
THROWN IN THE FIRE: Bruce Carter gets his first chance on defense
Rookie linebacker Bruce Carter, a second-round pick out of North Carolina, got his first opportunity to play with the defense Sunday and “did fine,” according to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
“The game is real fast for him, obviously,” Ryan said. “He did all right. We played him some in nickel and dime, so he got a little bit of everything just with limited calls.”
Carter didn’t register a tackle but Ryan noted that he made “a real nice play” when he broke up a third-down pass to Doug Baldwin in the third quarter. With starter Sean Lee out with a dislocated left wrist, Carter spelled veterans Keith Brooking and Bradie James.
Carter played on special teams in last week’s game against Philadelphia, his first action since Nov. 20. That’s when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game against the Tar Heels’ rival, North Carolina State. He wasn’t able to practice with the team until Oct. 19.
“He’ll be OK. It’s tough with no training camp,” Ryan said of Carter. “You talk about throwing a kid in the fire, now that’s what he’s getting.”
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Jason Garrett and Tony Romo speak after the Dallas Cowboys victory over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Jerry Jones: I Like The Challange
Jerry Jones talks about his team winning a bounce back game against the Seahawks.
Ryan: We Are In The Win Business
Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan speaks about his defense, and how it performed against the Seahawks.
FRIENDLY SIBLING RIVALRY: Rob Ryan enjoys dissing and taunting his brother Rex Ryan – Video
With his Cowboys mired in a 24-0 hole at halftime Sunday night, Rob Ryan told NBC’s Al Michaels in a prerecorded interview that he doesn’t see himself as an assistant coach for much longer.
“My chance will come,” Ryan said. “It only took my dad 25 years to get a (head coaching) chance and, hell, he’s better than me and (Jets coach and twin brother) Rex put together.”
Not ideal timing for the Cowboys’ mouthy coordinator, who later acknowledged he was “out-coached” in the 34-7 loss to Michael Vick and the Eagles after he ripped Philadelphia earlier in the season.
Rob Ryan — really, all three Ryan’s — is who he is, and one embarrassing loss isn’t about alter his hyper-self-confident world view.
Or his knack for taking shots at brother Rex.
“I know (Rex is) one of the most recognizable head coaches in football this year, and things like that,” Rob Ryan said. “But, I mean, he’s also gone to two AFC Championship games in a row. I mean, I don’t think anybody else can say that. So, he’s had an opportunity and he’s done great with it. I’ll be better than him, so I’ll get my chance.”
Asked to cite what makes him different than his brother Rex, Rob thought for a minute before getting serious: “I like a curvy woman.”
Rob Ryan, ladies and gentlemen.
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POSTGAME: Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan says, “Andy Reid kicked my ass … it’s all on me.”
PHILADELPHIA — Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan takes all the blame for the Dallas Cowboys‘ failure to back up his big mouth.
Ryan mockingly referred to the Philadelphia Eagles as the “all-hype team” during training camp and vowed that the Cowboys would “kick their ass” when the NFC East rivals met. The opposite happened Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field, when the Eagles scored on their first six possessions while rolling to a 34-7 rout.
“The whole thing is I got outcoached by [Andy] Reid and their staff,” Ryan said. “I mean, it’s ridiculous. I never gave our guys a chance. The whole [expletive] thing was on me. If I gave them any extra motivation, hell, I certainly never backed it up. I gave our guys a lousy plan. We had no chance, and it’s all on me.”
A Dallas defense that entered the night as the NFL’s fifth-ranked total defense was absolutely dominated by the star-studded Eagles.
Philadelphia finished with 495 total yards, 324 of which came while racing to a 24-0 halftime lead. The Eagles rushed for 239 yards, more than three times the league-low average allowed by the Cowboys in the first six games of the season.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy carried 30 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns, racking up the most yardage the Dallas defense has allowed in 11 seasons.
Quarterback Michael Vick completed 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 50 yards on seven carries.
The Eagles’ first three possessions were touchdown drives of 79, 90 and 67 yards. The first score of the game was a glaring example of Reid winning the X’s and O’s battle. A quick screen to Jeremy Maclin, which resulted in an easy 12-yard touchdown, was a perfect counter to a safety blitz that Ryan called for the third time that series.
“Andy Reid was reading my mail,” Ryan said. “He kicked my ass. I’ve just got to go back and work harder. I’ve got to be smarter than this. That’s all it comes down to.”
However, Ryan said this humiliating loss wouldn’t make him watch his mouth in the future. That’s simply not the style of the son of brash ex-Eagles coach Buddy Ryan and twin brother of Super Bowl-guaranteeing New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.
“Hell, if I don’t say anything, then I don’t really believe,” Ryan said. “Hopefully, it will be the last time it ever happens. But whatever happened, it was all my fault.”
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Garrett and Romo: Postgame
Jason Garrett and Tony Romo speak following the teams loss to the Eagles.
Jerry Jones: Not A Cause For Concern
Jerry Jones speaks to the media following the Cowboys loss to the Eagles.
Rob Ryan: I Never Gave Our Guys A Chance
Defensive Coordinator, Rob Ryan, takes the blame for the Cowboys loss to the Eagles.
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Ryan: If They Need My Motivation…
Rob Ryan talked about his “Dream Team” comments from training camp, and went on to cover a lot of other interesting subjects.
Philadelphia Daily News | Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011
In one of the more anticipated news conferences leading up to Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys game, Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan got his chance to add some fuel to the fire.
Ryan, you’ll recall, made a not so subtle reference to the “all-hype team” back in August. The Eagles players have been asked about those comments this week, with DeSean Jackson, in particular, taking issue with them.
“If they need my motivation to get ready to play us, then we’re gonna kick their ass anyway,” Ryan told reporters today, according to ESPNDallas.com. “It ain’t going to matter.”
While at the time, Ryan did not say he was specifically making a reference to the Eagles, he acknowledged today what was apparent then — the Eagles are exactly who he was talking about.
“I’m an emotional guy. Who are we kidding?” he said. “I’m not some guy [who] just can handle coach speak and be boring. I’m going to be emotional at times, and unfortunately that was one of my times, and I found out everybody listens in this town, which is good, unlike Cleveland. So I got in a little trouble there.”
Ryan seemed to be going back and forth during his comments, according to the report. At one point, he said he agreed with Jackson that coaches should not be talking because they are not on the field. Ryan then said he has earned the right to talk because of the work puts in. He then termed his comments “unfortunate” because of his respect for Andy Reid.
“Hell, he doesn’t have to worry about tackling me,” a laughing Ryan said of Jackson. “If he does, he can tackle me. That’d be great, because I’m going to land on his shoulder and put him out. So that’ll be awesome. Hell, he can tackle me two or three times.”
Guess you can say that Rob is fired up. “I can’t wait to get after these guys. It’s going to be great. Hell, let’s go get it on.”
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DREAM TEAM: Rob Ryan’s ‘All-Hype team’ comments stir up a few emotions in Philly
Given a little bit of ammunition and some prodding, DeSean Jackson isn’t afraid to fire back at Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Ryan took a not-so-subtle shot at Jackson’s Eagles and their “Dream Team” status during training camp, calling them the “all-hype team” and saying that the Dallas Cowboys would (in more colorful terms) beat the Eagles. So it’s no surprise that quote has resurfaced as the teams prepare to meet on Sunday night, and even less of a surprise someone brought it to Jackson’s attention.
“For a coach to really say that it’s hard for me to kind of respect that because the coach isn’t really out there playing,” Jackson said, according to The News Journal of Wilmington. “He’s doing a good job of calling the plays and putting his defense in the right position to stop the offense but as far as the defensive coordinator’s comments … it’s kind of unheard of, uncalled for.”
Jackson added that he would be more understanding if such talk came from a player “so I would be able to get a chance to get a shot at that player who said something.”
Rob Ryan’s comments got a lot of attention, as well as a rise out of Michael Vick, when they initially made the rounds. Vick now is playing it more even-keeled, saying the Eagles haven’t been paying attention to anything coming out of Dallas.
“We know it’s a competitive game and sometimes people say things they regret days, weeks and months later,” Vick said, per The Dallas Morning News. “I think from a competitive standpoint, he was just talking. It was nothing that we really paid any
attention to because we know what really counts is when you step out on the football field and whoever wins and loses the game, that’s what matters.”
Clearly, the Eagles seem to be doing a better job of avoiding the bait this time around. At least, as best as they can.
ROB RYAN: Sorry Norv, but Rex has ‘ring envy’
IRVING, Texas — Sorry, Norv Turner. You got caught in the crossfire of the Ryan family rivalry.
That’s how Rob Ryan perceived twin brother Rex’s comments that sparked a little coast-to-coast back-and-forth between the head coaches of the Jets and Chargers.
Rex Ryan answered a question from San Diego reporters on a conference call by saying he thought he’d have a “couple of rings” if the Chargers had hired him when he interviewed for the job. Turner retorted by wondering whether he Ryan “had those rings with the ones he’s guaranteed the last couple of years.”
All of which was pretty entertaining for the man who loves taunting Rex about rings. Rob owns a couple of Super Bowl rings from his tenure as the Patriots’ linebackers coach, while Rex earned one as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator.
“Let me tell you something, that whole comment there is about multiplicity,” Rob Ryan said. “When it comes down to it, it’s multiplicity. Rex is constantly using that multiple ring thing, multiple ring this, multiple ring that, multiple ring this.
“The simple fact is it had nothing to do with Norv Turner and I coached with Norv. Norv is a great coach and a good man. He’s done obviously a great job in San Diego. The multiplicity thing is really ring envy. It’s ring envy. His twin brother has two rings, his dad [Buddy] has three rings, he only has one, so you can see the multiplicity thing. It’s all, I want multiple rings.
“He doesn’t even know what he’s talking about. He only has one ring. It’s hard to say, and the whole thing is, it’s embarrassing, because it’s all about the family, it’s a sibling rivalry and Norv got in the way of a sibling rivalry.”