|Ryan (right) said he was shocked when the Cowboys fired him. (US Presswire)|
The Saints hired Rob Ryan to be their new defensive coordinator on Saturday (which, in turn, cued all the “took a little bit longer than five minutes, eh?” jokes you could handle), and later that day, Ryan admitted he was surprised he needed to find a new job in the first place.
"Oh yeah, look, I was a little shocked," Ryan told ESPN Dallas about his emotions after the Cowboys fired him. "I knew they had to do something after an 8-8 season. They choose me to be the guy, sure."
Well, Ryan wasn't the only one affected by the Cowboys' disappointing season. After all, head coach Jason Garrett had his play-calling duties taken away from him, and it seems probable that if Dallas misses the playoffs in 2013, Garrett will be the one without a job.
Yes, Ryan was the big name to be sacrificed this offseason, but remember, his defense ranked 19th in the NFL in 2012, and the only time he's coordinated a defense that was in the top 10 was in Oakland in 2006 (Ryan has been a defensive coordinator for nine seasons).
But clearly, Ryan's confidence is not shaken.
"Better coaches than me have been fired," Ryan said. "Just not many."
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