It’s no secret that players love to play for the Ryan brothers. Rex Ryan, the head coach of the New York Jets, and Rob Ryan, the Dallas Cowboys’ new defensive coordinator, bring a sort of bravado to the locker room that fires players up--and instills an “us against the world” mentality.
Cowboys fans got their first taste of this bravado this week, when Ryan the defensive coordinator delivered a thinly veiled shot at the Philadelphia Eagles, who he suggested, after a week of big-name free agent signings, were the league’s “all-hype team.” Unsurprisingly, the team’s defensive players liked the ring of Ryan’s statement, his assertion that they would beat the unnamed but obvious team’s [butt] when they met in the regular season.
“I love it. I love it. I love his comment,” said linebacker Sean Lee, on ESPN 103.3's Galloway & Company on Tuesday. “Go ahead and say it, because guess what? That just makes us motivated to go out and prove it.”
Lee, a second-year linebacker out of Penn State, believes that Ryan’s presence will bring a new sense of confidence to the defensive side of the football.
“He’s our leader and he’s out there saying what he says and I love it,” Lee said. “The big thing of our defense is that [people] might have thought we quit, but I think it was about our confidence. Guys had just played so well for so many years and were certainly not playing well and [lost] that confidence.
“He brings that confidence, no matter what. No matter what’s going on, he’s going to bring that confidence. That’s what he had lost, and I think that’s what we’re really feeding off right now.”
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