Buzz: Hindsight for Jerry Jones

The New Orleans Saints pounded the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night,
in large part because of a stifling performance by the Saints
defense, which held the Cowboys to just nine first downs and 193
total yards (while the New Orleans offense racked up 625 yards of
its own).

Appropriately, the architect of that Saints D, which has
undergone one of the most dramatic one-year turnarounds
you’ll ever see, is former Dallas defensive coordinator Rob
Ryan. Ryan was just fired by Dallas in January, so naturally,
Sunday night’s showing has Cowboys owner Jerry Jones looking
and feeling kind of silly.

Speaking with the Dallas Morning News after
Sunday’s loss, Jones admitted that the decision to fire Ryan
isn’t looking too smart at the moment.

“We thought that it was best for us to go in the direction
that we are and that doesn’t look good right now,”
Jones told the paper. “Hopefully we can make it look good.
But I have all the feelings that you have anytime you want to look
back at a decision, and I realize when some of them work you have
to have a few things go along with it, and candidly we’re
having some of the same things that Rob had last year.

“He had a lot of people, frankly; to be fair to Rob, he
lost a lot of guys on defense (because of injuries). We’ve
lost more this year. That’s the game, though; that’s
the NFL.”

As if that’s not enough, Jones also heaped enormous praise
onto Ryan, making it clear that he’s not exactly thrilled
with the job Monte Kiffin has done so far.

“We had our reasons for making our change, and Sean
(Payton) did a good job of getting Rob down here,” Jones told
the Dallas Morning News. “He’s as smart as he can be.
He’s from an outstanding football bloodline. That’s why
we hired him two years ago with the Cowboys is because he’s
that good of a football coach.”

Ryan, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to miss Dallas as much as
Dallas misses him. He was busy buying drinks for fans — and
maybe a guy in a Cowboys hat? — at Ms. Mae’s after the
game.

Now, for some links:

• The Atlanta Braves are
moving to the ‘burbs.

• Ben Roethlisberger denied that he ever
requested a trade from Pittsburgh.

• You know you want to see the Seahawks’ “What
Does The Fox Say?” parody:


Via Deadspin, this little Seahawks fan can
bust a move:

• Looking where you’re shooting is overrated,
anyway:

• Who wants to buy Terrelle Pryor’s
Big Ten championship ring on eBay?

• The NBA and NBPA
donated $250,000 to disaster relief efforts in
the Philippines.

• Turn down your volume and watch Texas A&M react to
the news that they won’t be practicing during their bye
week:

• The USWNT bus broke down at the stadium after practice
in Orlando on Saturday, so naturally, they just got a ride back to
the hotel from some fans:


Via The Big Lead, this guy:

• Barack Obama and Alonzo Mourning went golfing at the
course
where “Caddyshack” was filmed.

• The Timberwolves beat the Lakers for the
first time in 23 meetings.

• You’re doing your push-ups wrong:

• Kyle O’Quinn of the Orlando Magic tries incredibly
hard to not get a delay-of-game penalty:

• UCLA’s Myles Jack got it done
on both offense and defense against
Arizona.

• Patty Mills and Boris Diaw sing “Killing Me
Softly” at a karaoke bar:

• Phil Knight, traitor?:

• John Cena admitted to
pooping his pants during a wrestling match
once.

• Sixers fans booed Andrew Bynum in his return to Philly,
and Bynum called it “
a little weak.”

• If this is what the Vanderbilt game looked like, imagine
what the crowd will be for Georgia Southern in a couple weeks:

• Fresno State beat UC-Irvine on a half-court buzzer
beater in overtime:

• The Missouri Southern State coach who was killed in a
movie theater parking lot had been at a movie
with his killer’s estranged wife.

• Minnesota
broke the Governor’s Victory Bell trophy
after beating Penn State.

• And then coach Jerry Kill danced:

• Washington Capitals video coach Brett Leonhardt filled
in in net at practice on Friday, and this happened. Imagine if he
hadn’t been wearing a cup:

• After Oregon’s loss to Stanford, someone gifted
former Ducks running back LaMichael James a new shirt:

• LeBron’s wife is
opening a juice bar in Miami.

• A UCF receiver who was carted off after a vicious hit in
Saturday’s win over Houston
was released from the hospital.

• SB Nation interviewed a
guy who made a chain mail hockey jersey in
honor of the San Jose Sharks.

• Jordan Weethee of VMI has ups:

• He’s not the only one to throw down a monster dunk
this weekend, though:

• But neither of these guys managed to rip the rim right
off the backboard: