- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has done a remarkable job in New Orleans.
The Saints, whose defense set an NFL record for most yards allowed last season, rank ninth in the league in total defense (333.1 yards per game) and fifth in scoring defense (18.3 points). New Orleans has shaved more than 100 yards and 10 points off those averages from last season.
To hear Jerry Jones tell it, he could see this coming, which would seem to make his insistence that coach Jason Garrett get rid of Ryan after the Cowboys went 8-8 last year a strange decision.
“I’ve been real impressed with how well their defense is playing,” Jones said Friday on KRLD-FM. “It doesn’t surprise me.
“I think so highly of Rob Ryan as a coach, frankly, as an imaginative coach and how he imaginatively coaches the game. He can have a lot going on. We wanted less going on, but that doesn’t make it right or wrong. He’s basically implemented it and executed it the way he wants to do it down there, and they’re going to give us fits on Sunday.”