Rob Ryan claims he didn't cry 'actual tears' about Sean Lee

IRVING, Texas –- Rob Ryan agrees with the New York media: His twin brother Rex is “full of [expletive].”

That was Rob’s initial response to Rex’s public claim that the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator was crying on the phone about the loss of linebacker Sean Lee to a season-ending toe injury.

“It’s the worst part of the game, but I wasn’t crying tears, actual tears,” Ryan said Friday at Valley Ranch. “I save that for the movies I watch with my wife. You know, Lifetime.

“My god, you guys ever watch Lifetime? Jesus, god almighty. Don’t. Trust me, don’t.”

Then again, if there’s a player worthy crying over, it might be an inside linebacker who calls the defensive signals and leads the Cowboys with 77 tackles and an interception.

“Absolutely,” said Ryan, who refers to Lee as the best middle linebacker in football. “No question, and I probably should have cried.”

Ryan readily admits that he did call his twin, the New York Jets’ head coach, to complain about all the injuries that have hit the Cowboys’ defense. The Cowboys also lost strong safety Barry Church (Achilles tendon) for the season, and other starters who have missed games include nose tackle Jay Ratliff, outside linebacker Anthony Spencer, defensive end Kenyon Coleman and free safety Gerald Sensabaugh.

“Was I bitching to him? Sure,” Ryan said. “We have so many damn injuries. Of course I was bitching to my twin brother. We’ve only had like two guys not get hurt this year on defense, which is crazy, so I was bitching to him. He did talk me off the plank. Football hardens you. Injuries are part of it.”

But there’s no crying in football, at least not from the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, no matter what his twin brother tells the New York media.