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December History Isn't Good for Ryan

Rob Ryan is 9-27 as a defensive coordinator from December 1 through the end of the season

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    A lot of folks are quick to point out that Tony Romo has a less-than-stellar history in the month of December, but he isn’t the only fellow with such a history working at Valley Ranch these days.

    Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has also had a pretty poor relationship with this month in the past, though, really, the numbers show that the teams he’s worked for as a defensive coordinator haven’t been all that good in earlier months, either.

    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News gave us the following statistics today: (a) teams for which Ryan has served as defensive coordinator (the Raiders, Browns and Cowboys) are 9-27 from December 1 to the end of the season and (b) they’re 28-61 from the beginning of the season through November 30.

    These are vaguely dismaying numbers, but we’re not sure if they’re necessarily a reflection of a tendency to slide in the later months of the football season--as it seems that, plain and simple, the teams for which Ryan has coached just haven’t been that good in past years.

    In any case, whatever these numbers mean, we hope (fingers crossed) that Dallas can buck this trend in the coming weeks.

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