Rob Ryan is awesome. He’s a brash defensive guru just like his old man, former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan. He’s also the brother of Rex Ryan, the brash, foot-loving defensive guru head coach of the New York Jets. Rob is the type of guy every Eagles fan should love.
But there’s one problem — Rob is also the new defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. That means he’s now the enemy. And it seems he’s taking that rivalry seriously, as evidenced by his comments to the Star Telegram in Dallas.
“I’ve got three bullies over there waiting for Thursday,” Ryan said referring to recently-signed defensive linemen Marcus Spears, Kenyon Coleman and Jason Hatcher. “These are proven players, and that’s what we need. I don’t know if we win the all-hype team, I think that might have gone to somebody else, but we’re going to beat their ass when we play them.”
He’s not talking about the Redskins, folks.
The national backlash against the self-appointed Eagles Dream Team is actually pretty understandable since said dreamers have yet to win a thing. Combine the backup quarterback hanging that tag on the team along with newly signed defensive end Jason Babin saying the Eagles are the Miami Heat of the NFL, it’s not exactly surprising to hear someone like Rob Ryan pop off.
Luckily for the Eagles, one of their newly signed free agents, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, has some perspective.
“Talk is cheap,” Jenkins said via Twitter regarding Ryan. “Let them talk. We are focused here and I could care less. We are worried about ourselves n getting better. He must be nervous.”
That’s what happens when you bring in a veteran coming off a Super Bowl win. It’s going to take some serious focus and leadership to prevent the hype from outstripping performance. Besides, no one wants to give people in Dallas anything to crow about. They’re talking already, and only winning will shut them up.
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