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Cowboys set to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator

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By PFW staff

Rob Ryan will be the next defensive coordinator of the Cowboys, according to multiple sources. He inherits a unit that ranked 23rd last season under Wade Phillips, who was fired as Dallas' head coach and defensive play-caller on Nov. 9.

Ryan has been an NFL coach for 12 seasons, including seven as a coordinator (five with the Raiders and the last two years with the Browns). He is the twin brother of Jets head coach Rex Ryan and the son of former Eagles and Cardinals head coach Buddy Ryan.

The Cowboys have an elite outside linebacker in DeMarcus Ware and several other top players, but failed to jell this season, resulting in multiple blowout losses in the middle of the season. Ryan's unit with the Browns ranked 22nd in 2010, but Cleveland's unit had far less talent than the coach will work with in Dallas.

The way we see it

Ryan is a well-respected coach, and this is a good move for the Cowboys and new head coach Jason Garrett. Dallas should be a more aggressive team under their new coordinator, who loves to bring pressure with blitzes.

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