There are plenty of things we can call former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, we just never expected ‘soft’ to be one of them.
Yet, that’s exactly how many people would describe his time in Dallas.
Ryan was a fine coach who the players loved, but fans grew tired of Ryan’s bravado while talking a big game and delivering few results. The biggest complaint about Ryan’s play calling on defense was that he was too soft. Ryan didn’t bring enough pressure despite having one of the best pass rushers in the game in DeMarcus Ware.
Too often this season, Ware or Anthony Spencer were in coverage on third dow,n and it wasn’t smart. The stats may tell us that Ware dropped in coverage more under former head coach and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips than with Ryan but those were not in key situations, Ryan put Ware in coverage in important times in the game too many times.
So as much as the players may have liked Ryan, his way of calling a game became too soft.
Don’t take my word for it, take DeMarcus Ware’s word for it when he spoke on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning show today.
“He was one of the best coaches I’ve ever played for, really teaching me how to play and think like a linebacker,” Ware said Thursday. “I had to go in there and know all the drops the inside backers would have and I had to know all the formations, knowing the skill of the game, he really taught me that a lot…Now we have Monte Kiffin coming in running the 4-3, we can be more aggressive up front.”
There you have it, just like everyone thought, Ryan was too soft with his play calling. Ware likes the fact that the Cowboys will be more aggressive under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. If there’s one thing this Cowboys defense needs, it’s actual aggressive play calling and not just talking a big game.
I’m guessing with the new defensive coordinator, we’ll hear a lot less from him and see more results. And that’s what the Cowboys need, better results.
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