It may not actually yield the desired results, but this is the Dallas Cowboys doing uncomfortable.
Despite his colorful personality and fantastic interviews, Ryan's defense never matched his mouth. The Cowboys' defense under Ryan seldom won games, and struggled to make impact plays to change direction games.
This all but guarantees that if the Cowboys do not have a good season in 2013, the next man down will be head coach Jason Garrett. Once of the top coordinators is canned, the next man up is the head coach.
Ryan is now 0-for-8 in his attempt to have a winning record as a defensive coordinator.
Head coach Jason Garrett said in a statement: "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."
Do not be surprised if the Cowboys finally go away from the 3-4 defense that Bill Parcells installed in 2004 and adopt the 4-3.
Was it Ryan, or the players? Go with the latter.
Ryan's defense lost Jay Ratliff, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Orlando Scandrick, Barry Church, Kenyon Coleman, Josh Brent to season ending injuries. Had those players - specifically Brent, Lee and Carter - remained healthy the results would have been different.
The Cowboys defense finished ranked 19th in the NFL. There were some massive holes that Ryan had to try to mask, namely a weak defensive line and zero plays from either safety position.
Reasons, excuses ... who cares? Coaches and coordinators get fired after 8-8 seasons in the NFL.
The results weren't good enough, leaving Ryan without a job.
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