Ryan discussed both the importance of accurate tackling, adding that there is no room for cowards on the Dallas Cowboys. Now, the accurate tackling remarks could be intended for either Jenkins or Newman--neither was particularly adept a tackling in 2010, though Newman made something of a habit of torpedoing past receivers with a whiff.
If Ryan had anyone in particular in mind when publicly announcing his policy on cowardice, we'd imagine it's Mike Jenkins--and while we would never insinuate that Jenkins is a "coward," per se, at least twice last season the 2009 Pro Bowler actively avoided contact with opposing ball carriers.
“…they have to be accurate tacklers. Anything other than that, that’s not us,” Ryan said, per the San Antonio Express-News. “We have to get tremendous players out there on the corner and be able to shut down receivers and again be a accurate tacklers. There is no place in football for a coward, and definitely not on a corner for us. It’s a marquee position. That’s what it is here and in the NFL.”
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