Buddy Ryan’s Sons Are Certainly Living Up to the Family Name

We are entering Week 17 of “I still don’t understand that hype surrounding the Ryan brothers.”

Rex Ryan’s Jets might have made two consecutive AFC title games, but after a loss to the Giants, his 8-7 team is nearly out of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Rob Ryan just has to be the most overrated defensive coordinator in the league. Granted, if the Cowboys beat the Giants (and it will require a strong effort on defense to do so), Ryan will be the defensive coordinator on a playoff team for the first time in his career. That’s not impressive, but I will retract my overrated statement of the team can pull it off.

Both Ryan brothers are blowhards. They entertain the press by making obnoxious statements, and their teams have had just enough success that most think they are winners.

Remember a statement by another coach named Ryan? Something like, “You’ve got a winner in town.” That was, of course, Buddy Ryan when he was introduced as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

However, an 8-8 team is not a winner. That was his record in 1994 with Arizona. Nor is a 4-12 team a winner, and that was the Cardinals’ record the year he was fired.

His overall record as a head coach was 55-55-1. He never won a playoff game as a head coach.

He made his name as a defensive coordinator, though only half the teams he coached as defensive coordinator finished with winning records.

Not a terrible overall record, but it was nothing to brag about. His sons apparently thought their father established a fine blueprint, though, because both continue to run their mouths even when their teams can’t back up what they are saying.

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I don’t really care about Rex Ryan right now, other than to mention that his team backed up none of his talk in a game that the Jets (and our Cowboys) needed. I really do care about Rob Ryan’s mouth, because the Cowboys have rarely backed up anything he’s said all year.

And in today’s Dallas Morning News, Darren Woodson shared some thoughts about the team’s defensive personnel. This is consistent with what several fans have said this year.

One thing about Rob Ryan – and I know he’s trying to say all the right things as far as the personnel that he has – but let’s face it: the personnel that he has right now is not the personnel that he wants. There are certain guys up front – DeMarcus Ware’s a guy you definitely want. But as a whole, in his scheme, he puts you on islands at times where you have to make a play. He wants to bring the house and allow his corners to cover man-to-man. He doesn’t have that security in his corners right now, he doesn’t have that belief in his corners to just allow them to be out there in one-on-situations. So his hands are tied. He’s trying to do whatever he can to help his corners out, even to the fact of where, when you watch the game and you see it on tape, there are times when the safety is aligned 30 yards deep. … And that’s simply because he’s trying to eliminate a big play. But that’s not his style. His style is that he wants nine guys on the line of scrimmage, bringing guys from different angles. But he understands that “Right now, my corners are getting beat, and I’ve got to find a way to help these guys out.”

Woodson also questioned whether Terence Newman has the athletic ability to remain a viable option at corner. According to Woodson, Newman appears to have lost his closing speed, meaning that he’s having to give a bigger cushion to avoid giving up big plays.

Curious to see whether Rob has any influence over the team’s grocery shopping for next year. Then again, he might just move on, and we might just get to watch one more season with Jenkins, Newman, Scandrick, and Ball give up one 20-yard play after another.

  • chris

    uuuuugggghhh