We've already heard Jason Garrett do a bit of tempered gushing in response to the team's hiring of Monte Kiffin as the new defensive coordinator.
Garrett said shortly after the hiring that the team was "fortunate" to land the 72-year-old Godfather of the Tampa 2 defense, but in the same breath, highly praised ousted coordinator Rob Ryan.
In a video posted to the team's official website this week, Garrett expanded on these remarks a bit, reiterating that, yes, Ryan was a good coach. The reason he's gone and Kiffin is here--aside from that "lack of turnovers" thing--is because the team wanted to make a change "philisophically," one that presumably would be impossible without a sizable turnover on the defensive coaching staff.
“One thing I do want to say is that Rob Ryan was an outstanding coach for us the last couple years and he did a great job,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He really helped our defense grow in the last couple years, got better and better and better. He’s a great football coach. He’s a great guy. His loyalty to me, to our staff, to our football team and the investment he made was really, really special, and something I’m indebted to him for. And he’ll have a great future as a defensive coordinator."
“But we wanted to make a philosophical change. We felt like Monte Kiffin could bring this defensive style that we wanted to play to the Cowboys the best way possible.”