SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Cowboys coach Jason Garrett likes the confidence of Rob Ryan, even though Dallas’ new defensive coordinator sometimes has a way of showing it that can run counter to the message to players.
One of the first things Garrett said at the start of training camp was that it was time to stop talking and get to work.
“I don’t know if we win the all-hype team,” Ryan said after Monday’s second practice. “That might have gone to someone else, but we’re going to beat their (rear) when we play them.”
Ryan never mentioned a specific team, even when asked, but Philadelphia has already made seven major acquisitions. Safety Nnamdi Asomugha, considered by most as the top free agent, was also pursued by Dallas before he got a $60 million, five-year deal from the Eagles.
“Um, Rob Ryan is a confident guy and one of the things that we like to instill in our players, our coaches and our football team is confidence and he has a track record being able to do that,” Garrett said. “Beyond that, no real comment from me on that.”
Being the son of Buddy Ryan and the twin brother of outspoken New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, Garrett and the Cowboys certainly knew the bravado of their new defensive coordinator even before he arrived.
“We want people to be who they are,” Garrett said. “We bring people in here because of who they are, it’s well thought out and then we go forward. So we like confidence, we have to do it on the field, and hopefully we’ll demonstrate that as time goes.”
Ryan didn’t talk to reporters after the team’s walkthrough session Wednesday.
“Rob and I have a lot of conversations throughout the day,” Garrett said, smiling. “We have lively conversations on a lot of topics and he’s just great to be around. … He’s a very engaging guy, he’s fun to be around as a fellow coach.”
Ryan is drastically different than Wade Phillips, who was the coach and defensive coordinator before being fired after the Cowboys’ 1-7 start last season.View Entire Story
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