Rob Ryan's words are a good thing

August, 2, 2011
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SAN ANTONIO -- Jason Garrett’s message to the players and coaches is to be humble and brief with the media. At his opening press conference during the winter Rob Ryan tried his best to be both but after awhile he could not hold back.

Ryan was asked a question Monday about Jason Hatcher's return and started a firestorm when he said, “I don't know if we win the all-hype team. That might have gone to someone else, but we're going to beat their ass when we play them."

Ryan never used the words Philadelphia or Eagles in his comment, but we can all infer who he was talking about, right?

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Ryan is not afraid to speak his mind. His father, Buddy, wasn’t. His brother, Rex, isn’t either.

For this Cowboys defense, that is a good thing.

The defense was too passive under Wade Phillips. They lost their confidence in 2010 and they suffered through one of the worst seasons in franchise history. If they are offended by that comment, then they need to check out the team’s record book just to see the actual black and white stats.

Part of Ryan’s job is to rebuild the defense from a schematic standpoint by implementing his version of the 3-4 with all of its movement and confusion, but part of it is to rebuild the unit’s confidence, too.

Ryan has been in a difficult spot as a chief recruiter for some of these free agents, like Nnamdi Asomugha. They have an incredibly close relationship and the Cowboys used that to their fullest in attempting to bring Asomugha to town.

When Asomugha went to Philadelphia, Ryan was put in a tough spot of having to coach the players he was looking to possibly replace.

By speaking so confidently on Monday, Ryan has expressed his confidence in them.

Players have loved playing for Ryan wherever he has been because of his skill as a coach, storytelling and brutal honesty. The Cowboys are a week into getting the full Ryan treatment and all of them love what they are hearing.

And all of them will love hearing what Ryan had to say Monday.

For this defense, they needed this injection of energy.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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