Sources: Rob Ryan fired by Cowboys
JAN 08, 2013 5:56p ET
He then confirmed the news himself, though apparently is not too concerned about being unemployed.
ESPN's Tim McMahon tweeted that Ryan told him, "I'll be out of work for like five minutes."
The Cowboys ranked 19th in the NFL in total defense in 2012 and gave up the ninth-most points in the league, 25 per game. It was his second season with the team. In 2011, the Cowboys were 14th in total defense and gave up 53 fewer points.
Dallas' defense sputtered down the stretch this season, surrendering at least 28 points in four of the final six games of 2012, going 3-3 in the process.
Dallas was Ryan's fourth stop in his NFL coaching career, as he served as defensive coordinator in Cleveland (2009-10) and Oakland (2004-08) after coaching linebackers in New England from 2000-03.
The firing came a day after Dallas cut loose running backs coach Skip Peete. The Cowboys finished the season 8-8, losing to Washington in Week 17 in a game where the victor would win the NFC East and the loser would go home.