By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- As the injuries piled up on the defensive side of the ball during the course of last season, everybody associated with the Cowboys said they could not be used as an excuse.
Rob Ryan kept saying it every week but always with some sort of snide remark, just to let everybody know that the injuries were why the defense kept sliding in the rankings.
Hey, itís true. Injuries did affect Ryanís ability to call what he wanted. By the end of the year he was without Sean Lee
, Barry Church
, Bruce Carter
, Kenyon Coleman
, Orlando Scandrick
and Jay Ratliff
. He had DeMarcus Ware
playing with one arm.
But if injuries could not have been used as an excuse two weeks ago, then they canít be used as an excuse now that Ryan has been told heís no longer the Cowboys defensive coordinator.
His two-year run was filled with more soundbites than highlights.
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