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Where Will Rob Ryan Play Jay Ratliff? Look to Brother Rex for a Clue Published 1/18/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Rob Ryan's hiring as the Cowboys new defensive coordinator has raised a familiar theme among Cowboys fans.  Here and elsewhere, the Jay Ratliff-to-defensive end meme has revived itself. I pointed out in a story a few days ago that I don't think this will happen, and cited a coaches clinic presentation then-Ravens linebacker coach Mike Pettine... read more→


Going to the Bowl Published 1/17/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Update:  Long-time reader and blog supporter "Oiler Troll'' has offered to match all donations to the bowl fund up to $200, if donors will include the line, ''pina colada... no fruit!'' somewhere in the title or text.  (And extra $10 will be donated on behalf of the person who can explain where that line came from.  Hint: Dan... read more→


Wes Previews East-West Shrine Game, Get Your Questions In Now Published 1/17/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Steven Van Over

Cowboys Nation's guest draft expert, The National Football Post's Wes Bunting, is at The East-West Shrine Game this week.In today's report, he profiles three possible players of interest, should the Cowboys look for a running back or a receiver in the middle or late rounds: Syracuse RB Delone Carter, Maryland RB Da'Rel Scott and Oregon WR Jeff... read more→


NFL Players, Fans Team Up for 'LET US PLAY' Day, January 18th Published 1/17/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Steven Van Over

A message from NFLPA President Kevin Mawae:January 14th, 2011Dear NFL Fans:First off, the players of the National Football League and I want to thank you for doing your part as a fan and signing the Petition to help us Block the NFL Lockout. As you know, the NFL and team owners have planned to impose a lockout of players and fans following the... read more→


New Cowboys' DC Rob Ryan Hopes to Keep 'Em Guessing Published 1/16/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Is that Jay Ratliff in a wig?  Demarcus Ware in fake glasses, rubber nose and moustache?If Rob Ryan has his way opposing quarterbacks won't know who they are, where they are and if they're rushing on a particular down.  All coordinators talk about disguising their coverages and their pre-snap looks but Ryan's recent body of work... read more→


Ryan Now Official, Capers/LeBeau System Carries Saturday Published 1/16/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

 ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Rob Ryan to Dallas is a done deal.  No word as of yet on how many defensive assistants Jason Garrett and Ryan will turn over.Ryan's schemes used a lot more zone than Wade Phillips did earlier this year.  They could keep CB coach Dave Campo around, though, again, that remains to be seen.  The... read more→


In Rob Ryan, Jason Garrett Finds a Coordinator As Fast as He Is Published 1/14/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Update, Sunday, 11 am:  ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets that Rob Ryan is the Cowboys new defensive coordinator.  (See box on right.)Jason Garrett wants a fast football team.  The biggest initial change to appear once he took over from Wade Phillips involved pace.  He practiced faster.  He practiced harder.  He urged his... read more→


Ryan Hiring Close, According to Multiple Sources Published 1/14/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, ESPN's Adam Schefter and the National Football Post are among several sources claiming the Dallas Cowboys are hammering out a contract to make Rob Ryan the team's new defensive coordinator.He'll bring a wide variety of influences to the team.  His dad, Buddy Ryan, developed the attacking ''46'' scheme for the '80s... read more→


Wes Picks the Cowboys' Groceries: Looking for Late-Round Value Published 1/14/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Cowboys Nation:  Let's go to the reader questions.  We have some detailed ones today.  One reader wants to know, are there any small school players being talked about as first round prospects?Wes Bunting:  No.  The only one I think has a chance is Benny Ijalana from Villanova.  I don't even count him as a small school... read more→


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