In an interview with CBS 11 that will run this weekend, Dallas Cowboys owner/GM/president/scout Jerry Jones said the decision to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was based more on the losses to Seattle and Chicago than anything else.
The thinking was the defense was healthy then, and awful.
Using this same logic, why wasn't Ryan given a lifetime contract after the win against the Steelers on Dec. 16? The defense was injured then, and helped win the game.
It was Jason Garrett's call to hire Rob Ryan, yet it was Jerry's call to fire him.
As for the recently fired Skip Peete and a few others - who cares? Career assistant coaches are completely interchangeable. They routinely bounce from team to team, and are only as smart as the talent they coach.
This whole thing remains such an "uncomfortable" mess that it's time for Jerry to just start calling the plays himself. If he is going to continue, and insist, to be the final call on everything from personnel to the assistant coaches he may as well go completely all in and make the decision to run DeMarco Murray to the left, or pass it to Dez Bryant on a slant.
Now Jerry is interviewing, and likely hiring, 72-year-old veteran defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to clean up Rob Ryan's mess. BTW - Jerry is 70.
Does Garrett have any say? Does it matter?
With each passing day the Cowboys are increasingly developing into the Oakland Raiders under the late Al Davis; it was Davis who had the final say on everything, up to and including the active roster on Sundays, as well as certain plays.
There was no greater influence in Jerry's early days as an NFL owner than Al; at this point Jerry may as well go all in and do as Al did and just call a few plays as well.
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