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Senior NFL writer for FoxSports.com, Alex Marvez, was interviewed on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday to discuss the Dallas Cowboys and new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Here are some highlights:

What are the positives you see from Rob Ryan as the Cowboys new defensive coordinator?

Oh my goodness, so many of them. And you know that one thing that he’s going to have in Dallas that he just wasn’t able to do in Cleveland : he’s got a real front seven to work with.:ols: And talking to people with the Browns, they basically believe that there’s only one front seven player that they have that really has a future with that team and that’s Ahtyba Rubin, one their defensive lineman. He can play nose, he can play defensive tackle but the situation is so bad that the Browns are no longer even committed to playing a 3-4. They’re willing to go to a 4-3; just to give you a stat here, no Cleveland Browns defender has gotten more than seven and a half sacks in a single season since 2006 and that was Kamerion Wimbley in his one-and-done rookie year.

So, Rob Ryan has had to go ahead and do a lot with smoke and mirrors. There was only so much he could get done, especially when you look at a team, not only with a poor front seven, but a novice secondary. You know, having to work in Joe Haden, having to work in T.J. Ward, a rookie safety who had a very good year. There’s only so much you can ask of these guys to do, and so that means the front seven has to apply pressure. And you know, scheming is great but ultimately, it comes down to talent. I think you saw a little bit of that last night with New England: the fact that they did not have a marquee pass rusher really hurt them in that situation. That’s why I think Rob Ryan is going to excel with the Dallas Cowboys. Plus, you know, he’s got the type of infectious personality; guys are going to love to play for this guys.

It is a very different deal than Wade Phillips. Wade was a rah-rah guy but this is a different type of guy. I think people are going to love to play for Rob and I’ll tell you what: he’s going to absolutely delight the Dallas media with your dealings with him. It’s going to be a very interesting change of pace going forward with Jason Garrett . I would normally say that I’d be concerned a guy like Rob Ryan might even overshadow Jason because of his button down ways but you already have an owner there in Jerry Jones who hogs the spotlight as it is; Jason Garrett is used to it, I don’t think he’s going to care about Rob Ryan and the way he conducts himself.

It’s going to be interesting how Ryan deals with the Cowboys chaotic backfield. The safety play has been poor and we’ll what the Cowboys do in the draft.

But, you know, there is some young talent there. We have the kid from Indiana , Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, he’s a guy; you got to figure Alan Ball is going to get better:ols:. So that’s something there too. There are some young guys, but I’m with you, I do think they need to add another secondary impact type of player in the first two rounds of the draft, possibly in free agency. But, it’s so unusual right now with what’s going on with the collective bargaining agreement: don’t know what the situation is going to be with free agents, don’t even know who is going to be available, if there is even going to be a salary cap. I mean, it is so Wild West right now as to what the future of the NFL is; it’s really hard to talk hypotheticals and free agency. But I can talk draft; I can tell you the Cowboys better look at focusing on this in the first two rounds.

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They did NOT just compliment Alan Ball lol :ols: :doh:...Even a backhanded compliment is too much of a compliment for Ball.

Something Cali and I can agree on, Alan ball was disgraceful back there. As a safety his #1 job is to not get beat deep, and yet game in game out that's what everyone saw happen.

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Oh damn, it's all over folks.

Skins should hang it up until this guy retires with however many rings he wants to get. The Talentboys have too much talent on the defense, lots of talented individuals that, together, will build a wall of pure talent. I predict a #1 ranking in every statistical category EASY, with a 75% chance that they break all team and individual records. I'd be surprised if we manage to complete a pass on them, let alone getting a first down. I fully expect Ryan to find a way to get Romo sits to pee and DEZ on the defense somehow and use their pure talent to really wreak havoc. Talent talent talent talent, talent talent talent talent talent.

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I guess I'm the only one who's a bit worried about what Rob Ryan can do within an organization that's not completely dysfunctional. (Jokes about Dallas aside, I believe Rob's last two stops were Cleveland and Oakland, and nobody is going to compare Dallas to Cleveland and Oakland.)

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Rob Ryan Defensive Rankings:

2010 CLE 22nd

2009 CLE 31st

2008 OAK 27th

2007 OAK 30th

2006 OAK 3rd :wtf:

2005 OAK 27th

2004 OAK 30th

Average rank: 24th

Noteworthy names under Ryan's defense:

Charles Woodson (2004-2005)

Nnamdi Asomugha (2004-2008) x2 ProBowl

DeAngelo Hall (2008)

Ted Washington (2004-2005)

Warren Sapp (2004-2007)

Phillip Buchanon (2004)

Ray Buchanan (2004)

Derrick Burgess (2005-2008) x2 ProBowl

Fabian Washington (2005-2007)

Gerard Warren (2007-2008)

Chris Clemons (2006)

Gibril Wilson (2008)

Eric Wright (2009-2010)

Shaun Rogers (2009-2010)

TJ Ward (2010)

Joe Haden (2010)

Sheldon Brown (2010)

Scott Fujita (2010)

Chris Gocong (2010)

The man has had talent to work with, so all the talk about Ryan finally getting the talent he deserves BS.

However, I will give him credit for the simple fact that his defense had to work double duty with likes of JaMarcus Russell under center.

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But, you know, there is some young talent there. We have the kid from Indiana , Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, he’s a guy; you got to figure Alan Ball is going to get better. So that’s something there too.

Why is a Senior NFL writer for Fox referring to the Cowboys as "we"? Ummmm, credibility denied. This sounds like a complete cheerleader piece. He says that Ryan had issues in Cleveland because he had to work in youth in the secondary and then later recommends Dallas drafting CBs.

And by the way, with all that "talent" on Dallas (and a more accomplished DC) they still were 2nd to last in ppg allowed. So let's read it a little slower. Dallas - Doesn't - Have - That - Much - Talent - Particularly - On - Defense.

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They did NOT just compliment Alan Ball lol :ols: :doh:...Even a backhanded compliment is too much of a compliment for Ball.

You are correct. He didn't compliment him. Here merely said that 'Alan Ball is going to get better.". Well, no ****. It's not like he could have gotten any worse.

---------- Post added January-22nd-2011 at 09:46 AM ----------

When his defense is ranked so that low that it doesn't even register on a suck o meter the comparison will be

which is worse..Ryans defense or Garretts offense???

I doubt people will compare the two unless the Dallas offense takes a serious nose dive or the Dallas defense does a great job next year. Why? Because the two are at opposite ends of the ranking. You are apparently unaware that the Dallas offense is a top 8 offense in the league. Not sure which stats, if any, you use to 'rank' teams but I know that you don't use any of the normal ones (yards/points/rush-avg/pass-avg/blah/blah/blah).

You should probably stop 'watching' Cowboy games via the highlights/lowlights on ESPN and start watching what actually happens on the field.

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I doubt people will compare the two unless the Dallas offense takes a serious nose dive or the Dallas defense does a great job next year. Why? Because the two are at opposite ends of the ranking. You are apparently unaware that the Dallas offense is a top 8 offense in the league. Not sure which stats, if any, you use to 'rank' teams but I know that you don't use any of the normal ones (yards/points/rush-avg/pass-avg/blah/blah/blah).

You should probably stop 'watching' Cowboy games via the highlights/lowlights on ESPN and start watching what actually happens on the field.

A offense ranked 8th overall and finish with a 6-10 record maybe you should stop eating the cheese, take off the glasses and pay more attention

to just how badly they stink..instead of trying to blow smoke and make it appear they are better than they really are. because in the end there is

no amount of polishing of this turd that is gonna change just who and what they truelly are a bad team

---------- Post added January-22nd-2011 at 01:04 PM ----------

Rob Ryan Defensive Rankings:

2010 CLE 22nd

2009 CLE 31st

2008 OAK 27th

2007 OAK 30th

2006 OAK 3rd :wtf:

2005 OAK 27th

2004 OAK 30th

Average rank: 24th

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If this guy was that good then you'd think his own brother would hire him in NY. He had 1 good defense in 7-8 years as a DC? Well maybe he's Gregg Williams alter ego because 2006 was the same year Williams defense sucked balls.

To quote Seinfeld: He's the Bizarro (Gregg Williams) Jerry!

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If this guy was that good then you'd think his own brother would hire him in NY.

If he was as good as advertised true contention teams would be ringing this guys phone off the hook day and night looking for his services, instead he was drowning his sorrows in Big Macs and Double Quarter Pounder's with cheese at the Cleveland Mcdonald's

now when he screws things up royally in Dallas he can drown his new sorrows here

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Rex is a little busy to be hiring his brother, so that was not even something that would have happened, unless the Jets were out and decided to get rid of their D-Coordinator.

:pfft: Rex knows his brother is a red headed step child..and still wouldn't hire him even

if he felt sorry for him

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Rex is a little busy to be hiring his brother, so that was not even something that would have happened, unless the Jets were out and decided to get rid of their D-Coordinator.

I meant he could have hired him 2 years ago when he took the Jets job. He didn't and then his bro went to Cleveland.

---------- Post added January-23rd-2011 at 09:40 AM ----------

I thought this was funny, from a Browns board:

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:pfft: Rex knows his brother is a red headed step child..and still wouldn't hire him even

if he felt sorry for him

Well, someone asked why he didn't hire him (I was assuming he meant now, not 2 years ago) so that's why I responded that he didn't exactly have the time. Two years ago? Maybe they don't get along or he would have been accused of nepotism. Who knows and who cares?

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