Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones have seemed to make a spash hire with their Cowboys Defensive Coordinator position. According to DallasCowboys.com, Rex Ryan has the three things the new head coach was looking for: "emotion, passion and enthusiasm."
Ryan will turn the Cowboys into a 3-4 defensive scheme, and has already fired up the team.
"I've just admired how he's coached and I've admired how his defenses have played. And certainly his personality is a bonus," Garrett said in his weekly "Cowboys Huddle" television segment, scheduled to air on KTVT-11 in Dallas this Sunday. "I think he's a guy that people respond to. If you walk down the hall you respond to him. If you're in a meeting room you respond to him. And certainly out on the practice field and in a game situation, you respond to this guy. He has a track record of that.
"He's fun to be around. He works his players hard but they love to play for him."
This year Ryan's Browns finished 22nd in total defense (350.1 yards per game), 13th in scoring defense (20.8) and 25th in sacks (29). In seven years directing the Browns and Raiders, only the 2006 Raiders (third) finished in the top 20 in total defense.
Ryan has more work to do. The Cowboys dropped from ninth (315.9) in total defense in 2009 to 23rd (351.8) in 2010 and allowed a franchise-record 436 points, approaching double the 250-point total from 2009.