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
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.
“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
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