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Cowboys' defense rests on Rob Ryan

Flashy coordinator has no excuses if unit doesn't plug holes from last season

Updated: August 9, 2012, 5:34 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- This is the season we find out whether the Dallas Cowboys' Rob Ryan should be considered among the NFL's best defensive coordinators or whether he's been living off the reputation of his daddy and his brother.

Buddy Ryan, the architect of the 1985 Chicago Bears' defense -- one of the best in NFL history -- created the 46 defense. You can't discuss the history of the NFL without mentioning his name.

And New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is widely considered one of the ...

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