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Is Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan Just Empty Energy?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30:   Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during warm ups before the start of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Alex HallCorrespondent IIINovember 5, 2011

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is in many ways similar to his twin brother Rex, and both seem to invoke similar feelings out of the NFL fan base.

Rob Ryan has been running his mouth since the lockout ended, giving the Dallas media some of the best soundbites they've had since Bill Parcells was running America's Team.

Ryan first gained public attention for his response to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young's now infamous "Dream Team" comment when discussing all the free agency moves by the team. The Dallas coach essentially called Philly the "All-Hype Team," which is probably how Cowboys fans and the rest of their NFC East rival fan bases felt about the Eagles.

Sure, Rex's twin has a style that in many ways contrasts with the persona of the Cowboys franchise; he certainly doesn't have much in common with a coach like Tom Landry. Is that such a bad thing, though?

Yes, the 'Boys were torched by the Eagles last Sunday, but before that this team, had the best rushing defense in the NFL and a top-10 defense overall.

Aside from Abram Elam, Kenyon Coleman and a few others, this defensive unit is the same that Wade Phillips started the disappointing 2010 season with, so credit deserves to go to the coordinator in this case.

Rob and Rex may both run their mouth more than some may like to hear, but they've both been able to get their teams to play well past the expectations of others as well.

The Cowboys' Ryan brother is using the same formula his twin has executed in New York. By talking a big game, you give your players a sense of swagger and bravado, they have confidence in themselves and their coordinator more so than usual.

Ryan may not fit the Cowboy style many are used to, but he's turned a 23rd-ranked defense from a year ago into one of the best in the league using the same pieces that were in place.

Fans may or may not like Ryan's straight shooting style or his tendency to start a little controversy, but his style of coaching is one that is producing fine results for the team on defense.

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