Ever since Rob Ryan's name appeared as a candidate to be a coach in Dallas, we all immediately remembered how much we hated his dad Buddy when he was with the Eagles. Those were some classic rivalry-games with the Bounty Bowl and so forth. We didn't like the Eagles and Buddy Ryan, and we got the distinct feeling he didn't like us and the Dallas Cowboys. Well, time passes, your son becomes a coach in Dallas, and it sounds like ol' Buddy has softened his stance (just a bit) against the Cowboys.
The coach was on ESPN radio and was asked about his feud with the Cowboys.
Whether he still hates the Cowboys:
"I have always been a Jets fan. I have had my first job that is kind of like your first girlfriend. You know you never forget about them I guess… No, I was only a fan of people I worked for. The Chicago Bears, the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals…"
Okay, not exactly a lot of love for Dallas. But who cares about that, what we really want to know about is Rob, what kind of coach will he be.
Whether Rob is a no nonsense type of guy that won't coddle his players:
"He and Rex both get the best out of their players and he will do the same thing. Whether it takes an ass-kicking, a kiss or whatever, they get the most out of their players and they do a great job of that."
And a question I've wondered for a bit now. How much of the Belichick-Patriots scheme of the 3-4 he would run (a more passive scheme), and how much of his dad's old 46 defense he would run (a much more aggressive scheme).
If Rob is as aggressive in going after the quarterback like his 46 defense:
"It depends on how much they come after them as it depends on how they are going to block it. In other words, you don’t blitz the quarterback, you blitz their scheme, their pickup scheme that way you have a free rusher on the quarterback if you have done a good job of breaking down their protection."
That's one of the first things I want to find out about Rob Ryan and his plans.