Like everybody has this week, Rob Ryan was asked Thursday what he thought about Jerry Jones saying he was “scared” of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cowboys defensive coordinator smiled.
“Well, I think I made him scared,” he said. “He saw that matchup and went, ‘Oh my god! I’m scared to death.”
Ryan said he takes the blame for a game plan that was too complicated against the Eagles in the 34-7 loss on Oct. 30.
“But I know me better, and I also know their offense a hell of a lot better this time around,” Ryan said. “We’re going to have a great plan, and we’re excited about it.”
Ryan said the loss of linebacker Sean Lee to an injury in the first quarter hurt the Cowboys’ communication on defense. This time, if Lee is on the field for more than two series, it’ll make a difference, he said.
“I think as a whole, we’re growing as a defense,” Ryan said. “I know we had a bad game here with the Giants recently, but I think we made strides even last week. Communication’s better. We know what it looks like when it’s not, and that was the beginning in the Philadelphia game, when it was a travesty out there. But again, we didn’t have a very good plan out there. We do have the ultimate mulligan here. This is for all the marbles. We’re excited about the opportunity. We’ve put ourselves in a great situation. Our defensive players are jacked up and ready to go.”
-- Carlos Mendez