The Dallas Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Ryan’s firing was not entirely unexpected as team owner Jerry Jones promised to make things “very uncomfortable for the next few weeks and months at Valley Ranch.”
Ryan had served as the Cowboys defensive coordinator for the last two seasons. He had one year left on his contract.
“I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better,” Ryan told ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon. “I (expletive) made them a hell of a lot better. I’ll be out of work for like five minutes.”
Ryan’s defense was successful early in the season but struggled as injuries to key players mounted.
While Ryan will likely have suitors the New York Jets can be ruled out. The Jets have Ryan’s twin brother Rex but recently promoted Dennis Thurman to the teams defensive coordinator.