Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Rob Ryan takes swipe at 'all-hype team'
By Tim MacMahon
SAN ANTONIO -- New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is well aware that the Dallas Cowboys' signings of Marcus Spears, Kenyon Coleman and Jason Hatcher aren't sexy, but that's fine by him.
"I don't know if we win the all-hype team," Ryan said after Monday's second practice, when asked about the Cowboys' defensive end rotation. "That might have gone to someone else, but we're going to beat their ass when we play them."
So who would win all-hype honors?
"I don't know," Ryan muttered, then excused himself from the media horde.
Might Ryan have been referring to the NFC East squad that signed an All-Pro cornerback (Nnamdi Asomugha), a Super Bowl champion defensive lineman (Cullen Jenkins), a Pro Bowl pass-rusher (Jason Babin) and a former third overall pick/backup quarterback (Vince Young), plus traded for another Pro Bowl cornerback (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) in the past week?
Jenkins, who signed a five-year deal with the Eagles Saturday, responded late Monday night via Twitter: "Talk is cheap. Let them talk. We are focused here and I could care less. We are worried about ourselves n getting better. He must be nervous."
The Ryan family has fired plenty of shots in the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry, which features an entire chapter about Rob's father Buddy Ryan's days as Philadelphia's fiery, foul-mouthed head coach.
However, this might have been the first shot fired by a Ryan while defending the Cowboys, although it wasn't a direct blow.
The Cowboys visit the Eagles in a nationally televised prime-time game Oct. 30, and host Philadelphia Dec. 24.
Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.