IRVING, Texas -- According to multiple sources, Rob Ryan is the latest defensive coordinator to have caught Jason Garrett’s eye.
Ryan is the third coordinator Garrett will meet with this week. Garrett spoke with Vic Fangio on Monday and Greg Manusky on Wednesday. Manusky is reportedly set to join San Diego, and Fangio could follow Jim Harbaugh to San Francisco. Paul Pasqualoni, who ended the season as the defensive coordinator, went to the University of Connecticut.
The twin brother of the New York Jets coach Rex, Ryan just finished his second season as Cleveland’s defensive coordinator after spending five years calling Oakland’s defense (2004-08).
Earlier in the day I wondered if Ryan was a Garrett kind of guy, and apparently he could be. He has worked for Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini, two of the straightest-arrow coaches in the NFL, in New England and Cleveland. His style might be the perfect balance to Garrett’s way and could bring some energy to a defense that needs to be re-energized.
Ryan’s 3-4 is different than Wade Phillips’ 3-4. His is more of a two-gap scheme, like what Bill Parcells had with the Cowboys. But his time with Belichick should tell you he can and will have all sorts of different looks to confuse offenses.
Cleveland’s defense improved in 2010 from 2009. It went from allowing 389.3 yards per game (31st in the league) to 350, which was good for 22nd. The Browns went from allowing 23.4 points per game to 20.8. They intercepted nine more passes and recovered three more fumbles. The sack total dipped from 40 to 29.
It would create an interesting dynamic considering how disliked his father, Buddy, is by a segment of Cowboys fans. And there would be a Ryan Bowl next year with the Cowboys playing the Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium.