Originally Posted by Hostile
That is almost an indictment.
Yeah, Kavner is turning the knife there a bit.
I sort of feel bad that Ryan was fired so soon, but in the end I think it's for the best.
I was really down on Ryan after his first year. I felt as the season went on his defense was statically worse than Phillips defense from the year before. My only hope was that the lockout and the lack of personal was a major factor.
This year I was impressed with the defenses performance late in the season. That said, the full strength defense was nothing to write home about. The defense just didn't seem that aggressive. With all of Ryan's bluster I was expecting a defense that created chaos for opposing offenses. It seemed like the defense was more bend and not break than anything else.
I will give Ryan one major compliment. His defense had heart late in games. The defense could actually stop teams on late game drives. A huge culture change for the Cowboys right there.