Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Friday he was simply trying to say how much he believes in his defenders when he stirred up the Eagles during training camp.
"That other deal was unfortunate," Ryan said. "I thought that it was provoked by the media. I’m an emotional guy. Who are we kidding? 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.
"To be honest with you, all I care about is our team, our players. Everywhere I’ve been, that’s all I care about. I [couldn't] care less about their players. I respect them. They’ve got a ton of talent, but I can’t wait to get out there and get after it."
In August, while answering a question about the free agent signings of defensive ends Kenyon Coleman, Marcus Spears and Jason Hatcher, Ryan took at swipe at the Eagles after they had been declared the “Dream Team” for their big-name free-agent signings.
“I don’t know if we win the all-hype team,” Ryan said then. “That might have gone to someone else, but we’re going to beat their ass when we play them.”
Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson said this week that Ryan's comments were "uncalled for" and expressed his displeasure at not being able to take a shot at the defensive coordiantor Sunday. "It ain't like I can run on the sideline and tackle the coach," Jackson told Philadelphia reporters.
"I know that Jackson said it’s not right for me to comment, and he’s right about that, that I don’t play on Sunday," Ryan said. "I know he wishes I did. I mean, hell, he doesn’t have to worry about tackling me. 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."
-- Charean Williams