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Cowboys await Rob Ryan's miracle

Newly appointed defensive deity faces mountain of challenges with season on horizon

Updated: September 7, 2011, 11:43 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The defensive messiah has a thick shock of unkempt, shoulder-length gray hair accompanied by a goatee of the same hue.

We're about to find out whether Rob Ryan can perform a miracle on the Dallas Cowboys' defense, a porous unit that allowed a franchise-record 436 points last season.

The new coordinator will have to do it with nine starters returning from last season's raggedy unit. The additions? Safety Abram Elam and defensive end Kenyon Coleman, each of whom played ...

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