Brodney Pool is just entering his first season as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, but the presence of Rob Ryan is helping the veteran safety feel right at home--at least, on the field.
Pool had his best pro season under Ryan when both were with the Cleveland Browns in 2009, recording four interceptions, 48 tackles and breaking up 10 passes. In the two seasons since then, under Rob’s brother Rex Ryan as a member of the New York Jets, Pool recorded just two picks--and in 2011, he had a career low 34 tackles. .
“Last year, I didn’t have my best year,” Pool said recently, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “For whatever reason, I struggled a little bit. I’m back with Rob, and he just told me to go out there and play football and make plays, and that’s why I’m here.”
Pool, and certainly the Cowboys are excited about the prospect of the reunion between the veteran safety and the defensive coordinator who got so much out of him back in Cleveland. Looking back on his career-year (to this point), Pool believes Ryan deserves a good deal of credit.
“I think it was the type of coach he was,” Pool said. “He wants his players just to make plays. That’s the best thing about playing for him. He’s always got your back, and he wants you to go out and perform at your best. He’s just a great guy all the way around.”
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