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Jones: Ryan's defense was too complicated


02:36 PM ET 02.26 | Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys decided to part ways with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after the 2012 season, in which the team compiled an 8-8 record. But despite the record and drop to 19th in the NFL's total defense rankings, Jones says it wasn't necessarily on-field performance that led to the decision. Jones felt Ryan's defense was just too complicated, saying "Where we fundamentally came down with Rob is that his philosophy is about multiple scheme. I think you have to skinny it down." To replace Ryan, Jones hired Monte Kiffin, who brings a much simpler 4-3 defense in his Tampa 2 scheme.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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February 26, 2013  02:44 PM ET

Does Jerry base any of his decisions on on-field performance? It seems NOT!!!!

February 26, 2013  03:00 PM ET

Just stick a mic in front of Jerry and presto you have a blithering idiot to quote.

This guy just makes sportswriters job too easy.

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February 26, 2013  03:17 PM ET

Does Jerry base any of his decisions on on-field performance? It seems NOT!!!!

In this case, Jerry was right...

Waaaay to often there were players running all over the field trying to get in the right spot.

The team saw an improvement in yards allowed but a big decline in sacks and turnovers.

Rob Ryan stunk and needed to go.

He was not the sole reason, just one of them.

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February 26, 2013  03:52 PM ET

Hey Jerry, base your draft picks on lower wonderlic scores and this will keep things simple.

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February 26, 2013  04:01 PM ET

Rob, your scheme just has too many X's, and not enough O's. Either fix that, or you're gone...

February 26, 2013  04:07 PM ET

The Cowboys pretty much let the other team score whenever they needed to. What's so complicated about that?

February 26, 2013  04:21 PM ET

Rob Ryan's career:

4 years with the Raiders
3 years with the Browns
2 years with the Cowboys

Kinda trending down, my man.

February 26, 2013  04:33 PM ET

Uh, the Tampa 2 defense has been solved and defeated by sending the tight end up the middle seams.

Yep, but at least Jerry and the players will understand that when it happens.

February 26, 2013  04:35 PM ET

JJ's old school: just tackle the guy with the ball. That's defensive scheming.

February 26, 2013  05:08 PM ET

Jerry doesn't want 'good.. smart players'.. he wants 'good.. dumb players'

February 26, 2013  05:12 PM ET

Then why not get players with a college education???...........Instead of the duhhh type...

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February 26, 2013  05:23 PM ET

Rob Ryan's career: 4 years with the Raiders3 years with the Browns2 years with the CowboysKinda trending down, my man.

Rob Ryan did the smart thing going to New Orleans, he takes over one of the worse defenses in the NFL , thus setting the bar very low as far as improvement.

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February 26, 2013  06:48 PM ET

Too complicated for Jerry that was.


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