Cowboys Officially Hire Rob Ryan As New Defensive Coordinator

With Jason Garrett in place as the Dallas Cowboys head coach, the team has shifted focus to building the rest of its staff, with the most recent addition reportedly Rob Ryan, their new defensive coordinator.

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Jason Garrett On Being New Cowboys Coach: 'This Is About Going Forward'

Careful what you wish for, Jason Garrett. After watching his predecessor get shuffled loose for a terrible 1-7 start to the season, Garrett is the new head man in Dallas. When asked if it was a decision he considered with trepidation, Garrett said not at all.

“He didn’t have to persuade me at all,’’ said Garrett when asked if he had be convinced to take the job with no guarantees beyond this season. “Being the head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys is a great job, it’s a great opportunity.”

Garrett also spoke about the season so far and how he turns around a 1-7 squad:

“I think anybody involved in this organization, really from the top down, is disappointed with our season so far and how we got here,” Garrett said. "Having said that, we’re all excited about what we’re going to do going forward. This is about going forward.

“We have to put the first eight games of the season behind us, we have to learn from them and we need to go forward. One of the things that I talk to the players about all the time is embracing the moment, embracing the day, being great today. That’s what I’m going to ask the coaching staff to do, that’s what I’m going to ask the players to do, and everyone involved in this organization to do. Be great today. Be great going forward.”
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Paul Pasqualoni Is Cowboys' New Defensive Coordinator, Taking Over For Wade Phillips

In a move that surprises no one, Dallas D-line coach Paul Pasqualoni will take over as defensive coordinator for the Cowboys. He will serve under new head coach Jason Garrett.

Pasqualoni is a natural choice as the only coach on the staff with experience managing the 3-4 defense that Dallas employs. He’s most well-known for being the head coach at Syracuse for fourteen seasons. He previously worked for the Cowboys before leaving to take over the Dolphins defense where he found success:

In 2008, the Dolphins allowed 19.8 points per game, which was ninth best in the league and had 11 games in which they allowed 20 points or less while creating 30 turnovers. In 2009, the Cowboys had the fourth-best third-down defense (34.9 percent) but allowed 24.4 points per game (25th in the league) and had only four games in which they allowed 20 points or less.

He returned to coach for the Cowboys this past January.

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Wade Phillips Fired, Jason Garrett New Head Coach, According To Multiple Reports

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The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly done this week what everyone expected them to do: Fire Wade Phillips. Bill Jones of CBS-11 in Dallas reports the Cowboys head coach was fired on Monday after his team suffered a humiliating 45-7 loss to the Packers on Sunday Night Football.

This move was expected by many as multiple reports surfaced following the game that Phillips was unlikely to make it through the week. Phillips' certainly deserved this fate after the Cowboys started the season 1-7.

Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Phillips would remain on as head coach for the rest of the season but I'm not sure if others, Jones included, actually believed that at the time. Jones said after the Packers game that there would be people in the organization who suffered the consequences of failing so badly on expectations this year.

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will take his spot, according to the CBS-11 report. Garrett has been a head coaching candidate at multiple points in his career, including interviews with the Broncos and Rams over the last two years. Garrett, though, is one of the NFL's highest paid assistants and plenty of people expected him to be the next Cowboys head coach.

Phillips ends his Cowboys career with a 34-22 in the regular season record as head coach. This is by far his most disappointing season as he won 13, 9 and 11 games in his first three seasons. He also walks away from Dallas with a 1-2 playoff record with the Cowboys.

Check out SB Nation's Blogging The Boys to see what Cowboys fans are saying about Wade Phillips being fired.

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