Rob Ryan is headed to Dallas and already has another family reunion lined up.
Ryan has agreed to become the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, two people with direct knowledge of the hire told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Ryan is the son of former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan and the brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. The Cowboys are scheduled to face the Jets next season.
The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the move.
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Ryan became the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator in 2009, but his future there was uncertain after the team fired coach Eric Mangini and hired Pat Shurmur last week. Ryan also interviewed for the head coaching job with the Carolina Panthers, who hired Ron Rivera.
Under Ryan, the Browns defense finished 20th in points allowed per game (20.8) and 22nd in yards allowed (350.1). Cleveland went 5-11 for the second consecutive season, leading to Mangini’s dismissal.
Wade Phillips served as Dallas’ head coach and defensive coordinator before he was fired in November. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was promoted to interim coach and defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni replaced Phillips as coordinator.
Owner Jerry Jones lifted the interim tag from Garrett’s title Jan. 6 and Pasqualoni left last week to become the head coach at the University of Connecticut.
FALCONS IN SHOCK OVER STUNNING END
The snow that forced the Atlanta Falcons to practice indoors all last week had nearly thawed by Sunday.
It will take a lot longer for the sting of their final game to melt away.
A dream regular season turned into a nightmare once the Falcons got to the playoffs, ruined by another dynamic performance from Aaron Rodgers and what might be the worst showing by Atlanta since the current regime took over in 2008.
The NFC’s top-seeded team was one and done, stunningly blown out by the Green Bay Packers, 48-21 on Saturday night, leaving a city that had been giddy about its Super Bowl prospects with one giant hangover.
Coach Mike Smith spent much of the day conducting exit interviews with his players, a task that no one in the organization expected to be doing so soon. Then he got started on trying to figure out what went wrong.
“The expectations of this football team have grown since we got here three years ago,” said Smith, referring to himself and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “When expectations are raised, you’re not necessarily talking about the regular season anymore. You’re talking about the second season. That’s something we’ve earned as a football team and an organization. We’ve got to deal with it because we plan on being in this situation again very shortly.”
CABLE FILES GRIEVANCE AGAINST RAIDERS
Former Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable has filed a grievance to recover $120,000 that the team fined him during the final year of his contract.
A source did not say why the Raiders withheld the money from Cable’s paychecks. ESPN reported owner Al Davis was upset the Raiders lost two days of organized team activities in June for violating NFL rules.
The Raiders announced on Jan. 4 that they would not exercise a $5 million, two-year option to keep Cable as coach. He went 17-27 in two-plus seasons after replacing the fired Lane Kiffin early in the 2008 season.
The Raiders recently won a grievance filed by Kiffin, who was seeking more than $300,000 in lost wages after he was fired for cause in September 2008. Kiffin was fired in his second season because of what Davis described as acts of insubordination and lying by the coach.