Originally Posted by AbeBeta
Eberflus has been with Ryan since 2009 with Cleveland and Dallas. That really isn't following him everywhere. He followed him on one stop. I think that most of the time that one D-coord is fired, he ends up with some guys from his old staff working with him on the next stop.
Rob is working toward a 4th stop as D-coord. I don't think you want to, as a coach, follow someone on too many stops.
I also think people make a bit more out of the Tampa 2 experience than Kiffin does. I expect that he wants good, smart, dedicated coaches. As he's noted, it isn't a complex defense.
Oh, I'm not disagreeing with you on how likely it is that he'd stay with Ryan (thanks for the clarification on how many stops, btw). Just saying that I don't think people are shocked that he may be staying here in Dallas.
The general feeling was that he would probably leave, but that was before his experience with the Tampa 4-3 became part of the discussion.
The thinking was (based on Ryan's expressive praise of Eberflus, I think) that Ryan and Eberflus were close and that they'd stick together. It seemed the more likely scenario at the time. The overall vibe I got was of disappointment that we'd probably lose a good young coach, followed by the good news that he might be staying. Sure, it made good career sense for Eberflus to tie himself to the Kiffen coaching tree, but who could guess about his relationship with Ryan?
The thing that tipped the balance in my mind was the info that he is not a novice in the Tampa 4-3. This makes him more attractive to Kiffen and the Cowboys.
When it comes down to it, I think I was only arguing the SHOCKED portion of your comment, which is a bit obnoxious on my part. I wasn't shocked, I was glad.
Just me being picky I guess.