Dallas Cowboys: Why Rob Ryan Is Delusional When Ranking Calvin Johnson

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 1, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on September 25, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lions defeated the Vikings 26-23. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Rob Ryan is a great defensive mind. He is a great game tactician who makes plans that target many outstanding players and is able to shut them down.

On Sunday, he and his Dallas Cowboys are facing the Detroit Lions who have arguably the best receiver in the game right now.

Well, arguably it is because Rob Ryan certainly wants to do just that.

Rob Ryan does see that Calvin Johnson is talented but nothing special.

Ryan said, “We work against better receivers with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.”

He ranks Johnson as a good receiver but not one that demands double coverage.

Ryan simply sees him as just good. He thinks that Calvin Johnson is someone that they can just go at and try to stop.

Calvin Johnson has six touchdown receptions on the season so far. He became the first player to ever have at least two receiving touchdowns in each of his team's first three games.

That is a threat. Calvin Johnson is one of the most athletic receivers in the game. He is a more built young Randy Moss.

Although he is certainly not to the caliber of Randy Moss there is a good chance that he will be able to obtain similar feats throughout his career.

Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are the receivers that are just good. Calvin Johnson is the type of receiver you have to create the game plan around and hope that you can stop him.

Last time Rob Ryan game planned for Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Stafford passed for a record 422 yards and Johnson had seven catches accumulating 161 yards.

Now this was back in 2009 and Ryan was at the Cleveland Browns then so with he Dallas Cowboys his game plan should be better now 2 years later.

Well, at least he hopes because he is underestimating a player who has game changing ability.