Less than two weeks after officially becoming the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett is beginning to build his staff. According to an AP report, which quotes "two people with direct knowledge," Rob Ryan is set to takeover as the new defensive coordinator in Dallas. Wade Phillips previously handled the defensive duties for the Cowboys.
Ryan, son of buddy and brother to Rex, served in the same position with the Cleveland Browns for the past two seasons but his future there was uncertain after the firing of Eric Mangini (Ryan also interviewed for the head coaching job with the Carolina Panthers). Before Cleveland, Ryan was the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders from 2004-08.
The Browns defense finished 13th in scoring defense, 18th in pass defense and 27th rush defense in 2010 under Ryan.
Regardless of what you think of Buddy and his boys' bravado, they do share some admirable values: they have high expectations; they run hard, efficient practices for which players must prepare and during which they must be focused if they are to survive and to succeed. In that, Garrett and Ryan are more alike than most people think. With the hiring of Ryan, the Cowboys now have three coordinators who will run training camp, in-season practices, film reviews, etc., with an intensity and focus that will enable the players to be great every day.
Just like Garrett wants it.