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.


target="_blank">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


Now, for some links:

• The Atlanta Braves are


target="_blank">moving to the ‘burbs.

• Ben Roethlisberger denied that he ever


target="_blank">requested a trade from Pittsburgh.

• You know you want to see the Seahawks’ “What

Does The Fox Say?” parody:


target="_blank">Via Deadspin, this little Seahawks fan can

bust a move:


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• Looking where you’re shooting is overrated,


• Who wants to buy Terrelle Pryor’s


target="_blank">Big Ten championship ring on eBay?

• The NBA and NBPA


target="_blank">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


• 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:


target="_blank">Via The Big Lead, this guy:


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• Barack Obama and Alonzo Mourning went golfing at the



target="_blank">where “Caddyshack” was filmed.

• The Timberwolves beat the Lakers for the

target="_blank">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


target="_blank">on both offense and defense against


• Patty Mills and Boris Diaw sing “Killing Me

Softly” at a karaoke bar:

• Phil Knight, traitor?:

• John Cena admitted to


target="_blank">pooping his pants during a wrestling match


• Sixers fans booed Andrew Bynum in his return to Philly,

and Bynum called it “


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">with his killer’s estranged wife.

• Minnesota


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">opening a juice bar in Miami.

• A UCF receiver who was carted off after a vicious hit in

Saturday’s win over Houston


target="_blank">was released from the hospital.

• SB Nation interviewed a


target="_blank">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: