The public personas of polite, buttoned-down head coach Jason Garrett and profane, fired-up defensive coordinator Rob Ryan are pretty close to polar opposites.
However, Garrett welcomes the passion and enthusiasm of the man he officially hired this week. In Garrett’s first public comments about his defensive coordinator, he praised Ryan’s 3-4 scheme as well as his approach to coaching.
"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, according to the team’s Web site. "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."
That segment will air Sunday on KTVT-TV Ch. 11 in Dallas.
There is still no word on when we will hear from Ryan, the twin brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan and son of defensive revolutionary Buddy Ryan. The Ryan family’s quotes tend to be much more colorful than the ones that come out of the mouth of Rob’s new boss.