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Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:34 pm
Rob Ryan's stock took a hit with Dallas' recent performance. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

After the way the Cowboys (and the Cowboys defense, in particular) played Sunday night against the Giants, it would be fair to say that defensive coordinator Rob Ryan didn't do much to boost his stock as head-coaching material in 2012.

When the Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio in November, Ryan made our early list of possible replacements. But in the five weeks since, the Cowboys have gone 1-4, including three NFC East losses as well as the debacle in the valley of the sun. The losses weren't entirely his fault, but it's not like the defense played lights-out, either.

According to Football Outsiders' metrics, Dallas' defense ranked 16th overall (19th against the pass, 8th against the run). It's the definition of mediocrity, but given Ryan's pedigree -- not to mention his loquaciousness -- it's wholly underwhelming. And it's why we'd expect teams in need of a head coach to look elsewhere. In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if Ryan was relieved of his duties in Dallas, although that doesn't look like it'll happen (he signed a multi-year deal last season).

On Monday, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (his job's safe too, says owner Jerry Jones) was asked about the possibility of Ryan landing a head-coaching gig.

"Well, if Rob has an opportunity to go be a head coach somewhere, I think that’s a great thing for Rob, and we certainly would encourage that," Garrett said via

You almost get the impression that Garrett would welcome the opportunity to fill Ryan's job.

"I think he’s worthy of being a head coach in this league," he continued. "I think he does an outstanding job as a coordinator, he’s an excellent leader, he’s an excellent coach, and we would encourage that for him. I think it’s a great opportunity for him. I think that’s part of the process. You allow for that to happen if that opportunity does exist, and then we would have to obviously replace him and make some decisions of our own. But, we certainly love having him as our coordinator, and we’re excited about our opportunity to grow in that area for next year."'s Calvin Watkins adds that if Ryan somehow manages to land a job as an NFL head coach, "linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, whom Ryan called his right-hand man, could get elevated to coordinator. Eberflus could also leave to become Ryan's defensive coordinator/assistant head coach should he get a head coaching position."

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Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:28 pm

Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

The Cowboys will continue to flounder as long as Jerry calls the shots. He is a great business man but a lousy owner. Stay in the booth and hire someone with football knowledge. As long as he continues you will see the same results. What is sad is all of us Cowboy fans have to sit back and watch this plastic faced idiot run the team. We shall see what Ryan does after he gets his own players (well maybe one or two because knucklehead Jerry makes those choices) and has a full camp to put his defense in place. Now after this season and they still can't cover then he can move on  and maybe be a bouncer on the Jerry Springer show.

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:25 am
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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:17 am

Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

I was willing to give Garrett a pass on his choke job this year, given his relative inexperience, but after reading this shit, if he isn't really saying "Please, someone take this incompetent fat-ass off our hands!", then I will go back to my earlier position that the whole fucking coaching staff needs kicked out the door so fast they don't even know what hit them, because if Garrett truly feels this way about a coach who was exposed as the most overrated coach in the NFL this year, then he clearly has not the intelligence nor judgement to be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.  Jerry Jones needs to pay Bill Polian a ransom to come clean the mess up in Big D, starting with the coaches and ending with Romo, Spencer, and a few of the other tools who can't do the job.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:00 am

Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

Wouldn't it be ironic if Jerry Jones fires Garrett and replaces him with Ryan. Would Garrett still feel that Ryan would make a worthy head coach?

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:27 pm

Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

He could use a refresher in how to coach DB's first....

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:03 pm

Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

"He's a poor mans defensive coordinator"....that's probably the best quote I have read all year (a hint of sarcasm since this is only day 2 of the year 2012).

Say what you will about Rex or Rob Ryan but they are much better defensive coaches than Chuck Breshnahan. 

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:34 pm

Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

I credit Garrett for answering the questions put before him after a difficult and abrupt end to his team's season ... but I am not sure how much weight can be placed on a novice coach's opinion of another coach's coaching prospects.

But the translation is clear ... get this clown outta here !!!

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:19 pm

Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

What makes you think that he can be a head coach when he is having problems being a defensive coordinator? He's a poor mans defensive coordinator and the reason why the Cowgirls aren't in the playoffs!

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:06 pm

Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

Rob's big mouthed brother barely qualifies as a head coach himself. But as a Jets fan, it's still not as ridiculous as the Jaguars interviewing Brian Schottenheimer for a head coaching job. 

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:57 pm

Garrett: Rob Ryan is 'worthy' of being head coach

This article is soooo beyond comment! Where do I even start? It's like saying Mike Vick is worthy of being a dog lover!!

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