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Rob Ryan is a poor coach and you don't want him

The Cowboys fired Rob Ryan yesterday. Why? Probably because he's simply not a very good coach.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Cowboys announced yesterday that they fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after 2 seasons. As is the case when most guys are let go, there's at least been a discussion among Eagles fans about whether he would be a fit here?

He wouldn't be a fit here. This is not because he has a background in the 3-4 and the Eagles are set up to run a 4-3... no he wouldn't be a fit here for the same reason he wouldn't be a fit anywhere. He's not a particularly good coach.

Rob Ryan is the fraternal twin of Rex Ryan and the son of Buddy Ryan. The latter two are actually good defensive coaches with long track records of success. Rob got the Ryan name and the Ryan flair for the dramatic, but doesn't seem have to gotten the Ryan knack for defensive know-how.

However, probably because of his name and the fact that he's shown on TV gesturing wildly and cursing up a storm, there's a perception that Rob is actually a good coach. In reality, a quick look at his resume will clear that up. He has been the defensive coordinator for 3 NFL teams over the 9 seasons. Here is how his defenses have performed.

Rob Ryan's defensive track record
Year NFL rank (yardage) NFL rank (points)
Cowboys 2012 24 19
Cowboys 2011 16 14
Browns 2010 22 13
Browns 2009 31 21
Browns 2008 26 16
Raiders 2007 22 26
Raiders 2006 3 18
Raiders 2005 27 25
Raiders 2004 30 31
Average 22 20

One thing to note here is that immediately after Ryan left Cleveland, the Browns defense improved to 5th points against and 10th in yards against.

On average, Ryan has performed at a below average level as a defensive coordinator. I've heard Cowboys fans make excuses for his 2012 performance because he had a lot injuries... That may be true, but what are the excuses for the other 8 seasons? And as Jimmy so astutely points out in his post on Rob's firing from Dallas, his defense plays dumb. His defense committed 9 personal fouls over the course of the final 7 games. Evidently his "fiery" demeanor doesn't translate to his team playing disciplined football.

Other than one seemingly flukey year in Oakland, he's never even managed a top 15 defense. You know what else Rob hasn't done? Jimmy?

And the best thing about Rob is how awesome he think he is despite all these bad defenses and losing that he's been a part of. When reached for comment about his dismissal yesterday, he told ESPN,

"I'll be out of work for like 5 minutes."

So now and in the future, if you ever hear or read someone advocating that Rob Ryan should come to the Eagles or any other franchise because he's a "good" defensive coordinator... Just show them this article.

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