Rob Ryan got the bloody axe yesterday and it came as a pretty big surprise. But the heads aren’t done rolling in Dallas, as Jerry Jones and the front office have informed every member of the Cowboys defensive staff that they must re-interview for their current positions on the staff.
Calvin Watkins from ESPNDallas reported that while the Cowboys are forcing their current defensive staff to interview for their own jobs, they are free to interview with other teams should they call them up and offer. As of Wednesday night, Watkins reports that most of the Cowboys staff is out of town, which means the interviews will happen next week.
Several of the coaches are out of town on vacation and were unavailable for comment. The Cowboys’ front office met with members of the coaching staff Monday and informed some they wouldn’t return, such as running backs coach Skip Peete. Ryan was told about his future on Tuesday evening.
Part of the motivation to re-interview the staff, aside from striking the fear of
God Jerry Jones in them, is the fact that the Cowboys are considering switching their defense to a 4-3 scheme. Dallas has played under the 3-4 scheme since Ryan came to town, and now that he’s gone it seems Dallas is ready to erase just about every last iota of his existence.
Rob Ryan was less than pleased that he was fired, but did endorse several members of his now former staff, such as linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, secondary coach Jerome Henderson and defensive line coach Brian Baker.