Originally Posted by Hoofbite
Great article? Not sure about that.
The guy says Ryan was unorganized and it showed on the field. Like all the meticulous attention to detail on behalf of the offense has made them look like a well oiled machine. At least in Ryan's case he had to work guys in who were sitting at home on Monday and lining up later that week on Sunday. Expecting flawlessness from a defense that was pulling guys off the street to replace the guys they had previously pulled off the street is a bit much. Was there more than anyone would want to see? Probably. But all things considered, I'm not sure this is a real reason why he should have been fired or could even be counted as a significant component.
[View Full Quote]On top of the undisciplined talk, he goes on to talk about the defense being too complex and lists the times where Dallas couldn't substitute as an example of such complexity. Like getting onto the field is akin to climbing Everest. The personel problems were likely due to Ryan trying too hard to keep the remaining players he had left as fresh as possible. Or perhaps just too much confidence in his ability to sneak substitutions in. Complexity of the defense is not the issue. If substituting is too complex for the players to pull off successfully, maybe Dallas should start getting smarter players who can actually manage to substitute. I don't think that's too much to ask. Not asking you to do anything or even know anything once you are out there but just asking that you know when to get there. If these guys can't handle that because of "complexity", the problems are much deeper than the scheme's complexity.
And then there's this:
how much credit do you give someone for their awesome work on the D when they were skipping meetings and not really being a part of the gameplan?