SAN ANTONIO -- A few days after talking about an "all-hype team" which some inferred was a swipe at the Philadelphia Eagles and their free agent signings, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was trying to downplay the aftermath of it.
When asked about how his comments created a stir nationally, Ryan said, "I don’t even know, I never even saw it."
Ryan's players had his back of course because, well they like the coach and the swagger that he brings to a defense that gave up a franchise record 436 points in 2010.
The new version of the 3-4 scheme has the Cowboys blitzing more and relying on the safeties to make more plays in the open field. It's also asking players such as DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff and Bradie James to do more on the field. The Cowboys are moving Ware from the strong side to the weakside to get a favorable matchup for him so he can avoid double-teams. James is blitzing more and calling the defensive signals for all three units. Ratliff is switching from nose tackle to end and sometimes he's the only linemen on the field as Ryan will employ four or five linebackers.
"Rob is great," said defensive end Marcus Spears, who practiced for the first time on Thursday. "I think he brings a new attitude, he's a guy who's rough around the edges and we like that. I think he's added some spark and he's added a new philosophy and a new attitude to the room."