Cowboys fire Rob Ryan
The Dallas Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
"I want to express my appreciation to Rob for all of his efforts and contributions to the Cowboys over the past two years," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said in a statement. "At this time, the decision has been made to move forward in a different direction philosophically on defense. I have an immense amount of respect for Rob as a person and as a football coach and I wish him and his family the very best."
Ryan, who spent two seasons with the Cowboys, has never made the playoffs in nine NFL seasons as a defensive coordinator with the Cowboys, Browns and Raiders. He also spent time as the Patriots linebackers coach from 2000-2003 and the Cardinals defensive backs coach from 1994-1995.
Dallas' defence finished 19th in the NFL this season in yards allowed per game (355.4) and 24th in points allowed per game with 25. The 5687 total yards allowed in 2012 were the most in Cowboys history.