The Cowboys have made Rob Ryan's hiring official, announcing in a press release that they have hired him as defensive coordinator.
The Cowboys had interviewed Stanford assistant Vic Fangio and 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, but both took positions elsewhere. Paul Pasqualoni, who ran the Cowboys defense the last eight games of the season, became Connecticut's head coach.
Ryan interviewed with Jason Garrett on Friday and was hired over the weekend.
The Cowboys defense set team records for most yards allowed, passing yards allowed, touchdowns allowed and points allowed.
Ryan, the twin brother of Jets head coach Rex Ryan and the son of former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan, has 24 years of coaching experience, including 13 years in the NFL. He has spent the previous seven years as an NFL defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders (2004-08) and Cleveland Browns (2009-10). He also has four years of experience heading up defenses at the collegiate level.
-- Charean Williams