Last year, Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan didn’t waste any time in making his presence felt in the Dallas media, when he called the Philadelphia Eagles--who were fresh off a free agent signing spree--the “All-Hype team,” and boldly declaring that, when the two teams met, Dallas would kick Philly’s, er, butts.
This didn’t work out so well of course, as the Cowboys lost both of their regular season matchups with the Eagles by a combined 40 points.
Perhaps as a result of this, Ryan comes to camp this year a changed man--a man who, understanding the implications of making such statements in a large, ultra-involved market like Dallas, plans on keeping his mouth shut.
“I’m not calling anybody out,” Ryan said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I’ve learned. This is a bigger media than some of the other spots that I’ve been, so I’m going to keep my mouth shut and work.”
However, Ryan insists that this change is not indicative of any loss of confidence.
“I’m not running scared,” Ryan said. “I’m not scared of anybody. I’m ready. That’s why I came to Dallas. I might not have known it was going to be this much scrutiny in the media but believe me, I wanted to be here with the Cowboys--America’s Team.
“It’s about time America likes a Ryan.”
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