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January 08, 2013

Per a source, Cowboys felt that Ryan's schemes were unsound at times and his philosophy was inconsistent

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones promised last week that he would consult outside counsel on his team before making decisions on the future.

According to a source, the reviews of now-fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan weren't good, despite him having to play with an injury-riddled unit.

The Cowboys found that his schemes and philosophy at times were unsound. They also felt he was inconsistent in his attack, considering he blitzed too much in his first season and got burned because of poor play in the secondary. The Cowboys gave up 3,906 passing yards in 2011, the second-most allowed in team history.

They made moves in the off-season to upgrade the personnel, namely the addition of cover corners Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. They sought to improve the pass defense, so Ryan could play his aggressive style.

Yet, Ryan rarely blitzed and chose to play conservatively in 2012 as opponents averaged 355.4 yards per game, the most in team history The Cowboys allowed an average of 22.4 points per game. They had 34 sacks, seven interceptions and nine forced fumbles. The 16 turnovers were a franchise low.

A few of names to keep in mind as possible replacements for Ryan are Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who has experienced running the 3-4 and 4-3 defense, former Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, a 3-4 guru, and former Bears coach Lovie Smith, who is a 4-3 coach.

-- Clarence Hill 



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I went to see them play against the Saints, and without Ware, that defensive line only touched Breese on the foot by accident. They were decent against the run but the Cowboys defensive line applied no pressure at all, which leads too, Spencer is not really who we think he is. Saying that, the play calling was so conservative, that you could see Romo and the Boys show that they are not really buying into the system; they were just going through the motions, until Romo decided to make things happen. JJ, I love the Cowboys but I have to question this move and question why you have a HC for OJT, we are talking the Dallas Cowboys! How many games has Garret cost us for being conservative on Offense? Good thing we have great chearleaders to look at during games!

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