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News: DC.com: Defining Moment (for Rob Ryan)

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  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Defining Moment
    Defense Must Tighten Up In Giant Rematch
    Josh Ellis



    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/news.cfm?id=8714F78C-BAE9-24C3-C7B1339A9A7C846E




    IRVING, Texas - Not only the biggest game of this season, Sunday's matchup with the Giants is undoubtedly the most important contest of Rob Ryan's eight years as an NFL defensive coordinator.

    It's the only game in which his team has had an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth. In seven years running defenses with the Raiders and Browns, his club never finished above 5-11. Already the Cowboys have surpassed that, but to have a winning season and extended life in the playoffs, it may take the game plan of Ryan's life.

    Unable to begin installing his defense until training camp began in late July, conventional wisdom said Ryan's unit may struggle early, then improve as the year went along, as players gained a better understanding of his complex schemes.

    That hasn't exactly been the case. In fact, it's seemed the more film that is available of Ryan's Cowboys, the more teams are able to exploit many of the same weaknesses the unit had in 2010. A defense built on disguising pressure and coverage in an effort to make things difficult for quarterbacks, this Ryan defense is not unlike the one orchestrated by Rex Ryan of the New York Jets...
  2. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    The real solution may be limiting of the big play potential of the Giants...:starspin
  3. Sportsbabe

    Sportsbabe Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. They need to do the most elementary defense as possible.
    That's all they're capable of executing.
  4. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Dallas is going to have to have some long drives.

    Cannot, absolutely cannot have the Giants offense on the field every few minutes.

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