Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he respects Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Jones said the Cowboys just wanted a less aggressive defense, which is why Ryan was fired in January after two seasons in Dallas. The Cowboys defense set a team record for most yards allowed in a season in 2012 and had only 16 takeaways. They are on pace to give up even more yards this season, though they have 21 takeaways in nine games.
The Saints gave up the most yards in NFL history last season, prompting them to hire Ryan. He has them ranked ninth overall, and they have 15 takeaways.
“I’ve been real impressed with how well their defense is playing," Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. "It doesn’t surprise me. I think so highly of Rob Ryan as a coach, frankly, as an imaginative coach and how he imaginatively approaches the game. He can have a lot going on, and we wanted less going on, but that doesn’t make it right or wrong. He’s basically implemented it and executed it the way he wants to do it down there and they’re going to give us fits Sunday.”
-- Charean Williams