Rob Ryan looks to solve communication issue

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he will alter how he sends in his calls to help ease the communication issues that have troubled his unit this season in hurry-up situations.

“We’re signaling from the sideline as well,” Ryan said. “They give you this headset that you talk into and one guy gets the call and you can’t line up and you can’t huddle. We’re not getting it communicated across, so it’s obviously a problem. So we have to get that done.”

Ryan took the blame for the defensive collapse against the New York Giants in the final 5:41 that led to a blown 12-point lead and a 37-34 loss.

Ryan said he put the defense in bad situations by trying to cover up for injuries. At different times, the defense was without DeMarcus Ware, Mike Jenkins, Jay Ratliff and Sean Lee against the Giants.

“Two-minute situations have been our Achilles’ heel all year,” Ryan said. “We can look at anything else. That’s the facts. That’s on me. That’s exactly what happened. We’ve addressed them. We’re watching all the two-minute in the film as an entire defense now. We’re signaling now. I think we have a better approach, and I think it will help us.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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