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November 21, 2012

Ryan says he's done "pretty damn good" job of coaching Cowboys' defense despite injuries

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan oversees a defense that has struggled to force turnovers but ranks seventh among NFL teams in total defense (318 yards per game) and fourth in the NFC.

 The Cowboys (5-5) have done so with three defensive starters on injured reserve (LB Sean Lee, DE Kenyon Coleman, S Barry Church) and several other key players on today’s 13-player injury report.

Considering the injury-related challenges, has this been Ryan’s best coaching job of his NFL career?

“It’s pretty damn good, so I don’t know,” Ryan said. “I’ve been good a long time. We have great players here. The scouting department does a great job of bringing these guys in … This isn’t a one-man show.”

Ryan said injuries will not be used as an excuse for falling short against the Redskins on Thursday despite a lack of depth at safety and other spots.

“It’s just about everybody on our team,” Ryan said of the Cowboys’ injury woes. “We’re OK. We’re not complaining.”

The Cowboys also have a solid game plan, in Ryan’s estimation, for stopping the Redskins and dual-threat rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III: lots of contact. Early and often.

“The big thing is, we’ve got to hit these guys hard,” Ryan said. “That’s the big thing. We have big football players out there on defense and we plan on hitting them hard. That’s what’s going to happen … (Griffin) is a very talented guy. Obviously, this game looks like it’s in slow motion for him already. Hopefully, we speed it up a whole lot (for him) this week.”

_ Jimmy Burch

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Disagree. Rob is kind of like twin Rex: BOTH ARE FAT LOUD MOUTHED SALESMEN WHO MARKET THEMSELVES AS ROUGH & TOUGH FOOTBALL GUYS. IN REALITY BOTH ARE HOPELESS & WEAK. LOOK AT ROBERTO'S BODY OF WORK AT CLEVELAND & OAKLAND. BOTH WERE BIG TIME LOSING TEAMS- BOTH WERE HOPELESS. REX IS A DISASTER AT THE JETS. BOTH RYANS SHOULD BE SACKED. LAST WEEK ROBERTO MADE ROOKIE QB WEEDEN LOOK GOOD. TODAY HE MADE ROOKIE QB CHICKEN LEGS III LOOK LIKE BRADY. IN WEEK TWO ROBERTO LIKEWISE MADE SEATTLE ROOKIE QB WILSON LOOK PRETTY GOOD. THAT IS POOR FORM IN ANYONE'S BOOK. IF MARSMALLOW GARRETT & FAT ROBERTO ARE RETURNED BY SALESMAN JONES THEN THE TEAM'S TRAJECTORY IS BEWTEEN CLEVELAND & THE OAKLAND RAIDERS. IN THE SEWER!!!

I like Rob Ryan and hope he stays around. He is the only coach I want back. With that said, there are some problems with his defense.

1. His defense is not the least bit intimidating.
2. They have difficulty getting to the QB regularly.
3. His defense has the same problem that all of his brother Rex's defense have had: There is always the one crucial 3rd down that there teams just cannot stop.
4. VERY VERY sloppy and disorganized. Constantly you see players running onto the field just before the snap and they are never set. Happens multiple times in every game. Pure sloppiness and lack of discipline.

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