Yesterday the Dallas Cowboys decided to end defensive coordinator Rob Ryan employment with the team. The 50 year-old will not be running the team’s defense in 2013-14. Ryan still had one year remaining on a three-year contract.
He Cowboys’ defense finished 19th overall, 17th against the run and 21st against the pass. Ryan’s defense missed five defensive starters due to injuries and two more key backups.
When Dallas’ season ended, it appeared coach Jason Garrett was giving Ryan a vote of confidence for a return in 2013. However, a few days after Garrett commented on Ryan’s performance, team owner and general manager Jerry Jones stated that changes were needed after an 8-8 finish and he was going to make people uncomfortable at Valley Ranch. Jones wouldn’t commit to any coach other than Garrett.
Earlier this week, Jones spoke to the entire coaching staff and running backs coach Skip Peete was told he wouldn’t return. Most of the coaching staff left the Cowboys area for a brief vacation.
Ryan was on vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands when he was told by phone he would not be coming back.