JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Cleveland Browns defensive coodinator Rob Ryan watches warmups during a game agaisnt the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rob Ryan
It didn’t take long after the Cowboys’ announced Rob Ryan as the team’s newest defensive coordinator for writers and fans to remark on what will seemingly be an odd-couple dynamic between the gruff, animated Ryan and his new boss, the collected, understated Jason Garrett.
But there’s no shortage of respect between the two wildly differing characters leading the Cowboys into 2011.
In a recent taping of CBS 11’s “Cowboys Huddle,” Garrett extolled the virtues of his newest defensive coordinator, a man who is about as far, in manner of coaching and personality, as the team could have hoped to get from the mild-mannered Wade Phillips.
"I've just admired how he's coached and I've admired how his defenses have played. And certainly his personality is a bonus," Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. "I think he's a guy that people respond to. If you walk down the hall, you respond to him. If you're in a meeting room, you respond to him. And certainly out on the practice field and in a game situation, you respond to this guy. He has a track record of that.
"He's fun to be around. He works his players hard, but they love to play for him."
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