Jason Garrett has released a statement regarding the firing of Rob Ryan:
"I want to express my appreciation to Rob for all of his efforts and contributions to the Cowboys over the past two years. At this time, the decision has been made to move forward in a different direction philosophically on defense. I have an immense amount of respect for Rob as a person and as a football coach and I wish him and his family the very best."
Ryan's defense gave up the most yards in team history this season as opponents averaged 355.4 yards per game. The Cowboys allowed an average of 22.4 points per game. They had 34 sacks, seven interceptions and nine forced fumbles.