ESPN Dallas is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, with a year remaining on his three-year deal--and he sounds none to pleased about the sudden and unceremonious way he will exit Dallas.
"I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better," Ryan told Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas fame. "I (expletive) made them a hell of a lot better. I'll be out of work for like five minutes."
Ryan's defense had an incredibly rough year, despite coming a win away from the playoffs. By season's end five defensive starters had gone down with season-ending injuries--safety Barry Church, inside linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, nose tackle Jay Ratliff and defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman.
Ryan made mention of the banged-up unit on Tuesday evening.
"I think I did a good job and I think our staff did a good job on defense trying to compete with what we had at the end of the year," Ryan said. "But the best job we did was when we were able to coach our starters."
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