Having to suffer through the miseries of coaching in dysfunctional organizations like Oakland and Cleveland would leave most men down in the dumps, but defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's fire and intensity only continues to grow with new challenge he takes on.
As the son of legendary Bears' coach Buddy Ryan, innovator of the 4-6 defense, and brother of New York Jets' head coach Rex Ryan, Rob coaches with a chip on his shoulder—to say the least.
Since breaking into the NFL, the twin brothers have been ferociously competitive within the league and with one another. Rex currently boasts an 3-0 record against Rob since becoming coordinators, but Rob is finally in a position to take him down.
That position? The NFC East's 5-time Superbowl Champion Dallas Cowboys.
The date isn't set, but the NFL has released information that the Cowboys will travel to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Jets in 2011, where Rob will have his best chance to date of defeating his twin brother for the first time. There's no guarantee that the Dallas defense will be at the level of the Jets, since it will be Rob's first year implementing the scheme, but it'll be a battle to the endif history is any indication.
The 2011 season will finally be a chance for Rob Ryan to showcase his coaching abilities on a much larger stage, since it doesn't get much bigger than the media circus that is the Dallas Cowboys. It's no secret that Rob wishes to be a head coach in the league like his brother Rex, as this year he was passed over after interviewing with the Carolina Panthers.
If Rob is able to turn around the struggling Cowboys' defense, he will be able to select from any coaching vacancy in 2012. Rex used Baltimore as a launching point for his career, establishing a hard-nosed defense and a players coach mentality, and Rob could easily do the same in Dallas.
This time he'll be coaching a much more talented cast of characters, including Pro Bowlers DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff, veteran Bradie James, second-year player Sean Lee, and corner back Terence Newman. The talent is there, the coaching is there, and this season will be the time to put it all together.
Soon enough, Rob Ryan will be leading his very own franchise—maybe even the one in Dallas if Jason Garrett doesn't produce.