It remains to be seen whether Rob Ryan has the ability to coach up a defense as brilliantly as his dad Buddy Ryan. One thing that is not in question is whether he is a renegade like his crusty old progenitor.
In his first-ever press conference as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan bragged about what a great coach he was. He laced his braggadocio with profanity, as is his custom. He showed that brash, devil-may-care swagger so notably associated with the family name.
Now, Ryan has cost his new boss money. According to Pro Football Talk over at NBC Sports, "Several Cowboys players said before the lockout began that they had been talking to new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan about the team's new defense."
PFT reported that the Dallas Cowboys were fined for that action under the league rule that guarantees players a certain amount of downtime from supervised football. Apparently, the Cowboys weren't the only team to violate the rule and receive the fine.
No doubt, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is on that issue to keep it from becoming fodder for the NFL Players Association. During this hostile period of legal wrangling over the player lockout and haggling over the collective bargaining agreement, the last thing Goodell needs is for coaches like Rob Ryan to load the Players Association's gun with "unfair labor" bullets.
But that is an aside. The point here is that Rob Ryan is going to bring the Ryan Family Circus to town with him. He is going to color outside the lines and foster controversy. If he doesn't also bring a dominating defense that results in playoff wins, his act will get real tired real quick.
Bill Parcells once told Jerry Jones that the team had better win under him or they wouldn't be able to stand him as a coach. He knew he created the kind of stressful atmosphere that could only be tolerated if the team was successful. Win, and all sins are overlooked.
The same concept applies to Rob Ryan, only in a little different way. Sideshow Rob will cuss, make jokes and brag about his greatness, and Cowboys fans will love him for it...if he wins. If the team does not succeed, if the Rob Ryan defense does not become dominant, The Ryan Family Circus will not long pitch a tent in Jerry's World.