Rob Ryan said last year’s game at Philadelphia was as bad as any game he has coached in the NFL, but that this year will be better because he knows the Eagles and the NFC East now.
“That was a poor, poor job of coaching,” the Cowboys defensive coordinator said Friday in his weekly meeting with reporters at Valley Ranch. “The second time we played them was more up to what we need to do. Took me a while to learn this NFC East, but we’ll see if all the work we’ve done in the offseason until now is going to pay off.
“The Giants and the Eagles had their way with us. A lot of that was me not knowing the league, but I know the league now, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Ryan called LeSean McCoy of the Eagles “the best back in football” and the Eagles themselves the “most talented team in football.” He said a first-hand view last year convinced him.
“Every place you go to, players look different in person,” Ryan said. “On tape they look one way, then you see them in person, they look a different way. I thought McCoy was a heck of a player, but now I know he’s the best back in football. You better have special plans for him or you’re going to get in trouble.”
McCoy ranks 10th in the NFL with 623 rushing yards, and he has 30 catches for 148 yards.
“He’s so talented, he’s got vision everywhere, he’s so quick,” Ryan said. “Heck, I think Mornhinweg’s the only guy that can stop him, because the guy’s phenomenal. So if they don’t give it to him, that’s a good thing. He’s super-talented.”
-- Carlos Mendez