FanPost

The Full Monte is alot better than a Big Rob

8c49895d72e58405290f6a7067009c84_medium

via l2.yimg.com

Rookie mini camp is finally here and we all get to see our shiny new toys. I Haven't been this pumped to see a rookie class in some years now. But the rookie mini camp also brings us a look at what our coaches think of the players, and evidently of each other.

Going through my daily Cowboys search I came across an interesting interview with Cowboys assistant Nate Newton. He touched on a very intriguing issue in regards to Rob Ryan and Monte Kiffin. It mirrors a thought Ive been contemplating since the firing of Rob Ryan.

Before I get on Ryan I want to start off by saying I admire his passion and work he provided while at Dallas. He often dealt with injury issues and did his best to overcome them. It wasnt great but it was tough hard work. With that said I always thought there was something missing in what I call Ryans 'Chaos' System. I dub it that because alot of the time, even with a healthy defense, the defense looked like chaos before the snap and sometimes causing it after.

Robryandallascowboysvnewenglandpatriotsdfhmvppxzq6l_medium

via lonestarsportsledger.files.wordpress.com

His style was unusual at times, his bravado got a bit tiring, and with such up and down results it got hard to keep believing in him. I will admit I was shocked at first at his release because I wasnt sure why, but like the draft when the smoke cleared and Kiffin was hired I saw the bigger picture.

Here is a cut from the Nate Newton interview from Dallas News:

On the changes to the defensive system from Rob Ryan to Monte Kiffin:

"When you’re the defensive coordinator putting together plays and not letting your staff be a part of putting together these plays, you just hand the linebacker coach his deal, you hand the defensive line coach his deal, you try to mesh these guys and don’t have their input that’s the feel I got from (Rob Ryan).

With Rod Marinelli and Coach Kiffin, they’re working together. I saw them come out after the evening practice, the DB coach (Jerome Henderson), he had a little glitch in what he thought was right and what Monte wanted, they came back out and ran over it as coaches. Maybe Rob did this in the big meeting room, but I never saw them come back out on the practice field.

This is the second time. Two weeks ago I walked out there just to meet them, they were out on the field, all the position coaches, including Monte, going over exactly where the players should be. … Whether Jason (Garrett) is the leader of this deal, for once I feel like all these coaches are on the same page.

This is a very telling statement from Newton. It isnt hard to believe that Rob may have isolated his staff in part because of his ego. But ego aside Robs system and approach to running it never seemed fluent throughout his tenure. Injuries had some to do with it sure, but again even at good strength I just never got the impression we were ever in sync. The system is a complex one yes, but that could have alot to do with it.

The system reminds me of the "Princeton Offense" in college hoops. The Princeton offense is used more for teams that lack elite athletic ability, doesnt posses enough ball handlers and shot creators. Robs system relies on alot of tricking, moving, odd fronts and fluff. I dont believe it maximizes the abilities of the players on the defense. This defense is littered with potential play makers in a defensive system that hasnt shown over a course of time it makes plays.

Dont believe me?

  • From 2004-2008 in Oakland their defense under Ryan never generated more than 26 TO's averaging 22 TO's a year.
  • From 2009-2010 in Cleveland under Ryan they maxed out at 28 averaging 23.5 TO's a year
  • From 2011-2012 in Dallas the defense averaged a porous 20.5 TO's a year with a staggering low of 16 last season.

734233_medium

via www.foxsportssouthwest.com

In comparison the last 4 seasons in Chicago under then DC Rod Marinelli , who was Kiffins right hand in Tampa and now in Dallas, the Bears were generating turnovers. Their defense had a low of 28 ,a high of 44 and an average of 35 TO's a year.

How do the sayings go? A spade is a spade? If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, well then its a duck right? I have every reason to believe Ryans system is what it is and what it isnt. One thing it is not, is a turnover defense. In fact one can argue his system is one merely reflected of his results, average. Only once since becoming a DC in 2004 has he had a defense finish in the top 10 overall. Something Kiffin did all but one year in Tampa.

Its no secret the Tampa 2 is designed to take advantage of the play makers on your defense. With guys like Ware, Lee, Carter, Mo, Carr, Spencer, Ratliff roaming around there are plenty of plays to be made. Add to the fact the switch allows guys like Matt Johnson and JJ Wilcox to use their athleticism at Safety, its not hard to see how this system can do better. But one thing the defense couldnt do was stay status quo in a system proven to be nothing more than mediocre and leaving us empty in the turnover department.

On the battlefield the chain of command often trickles down. Its an encouraging sign to hear the coaches seem to be on the same page and cohesive, early yes, but still encouraging. If that cohesiveness trickles down to the players that would already be a sign of progress, as that cohesiveness was rarely shown over the past few seasons.

Dallas-cowboys-inside-linebacker-sean-lee-50-snares-a-first-quarter-interception-that-was-tipped_medium

via theboysareback.files.wordpress.com

"Anti-wrinkle cream they may have. Anti-Fat Bastard cream they do not." - The Full Monty

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blogging The Boys

You must be a member of Blogging The Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blogging The Boys. You should read them.

Join Blogging The Boys

You must be a member of Blogging The Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blogging The Boys. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker