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Rob Ryan fired, says he’ll have a new job “in like 5 minutes”

Rob Ryan is confident he’ll quickly have a new job. (Gary Cameron / Reuters)

When Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones promised changes after the team’s season ended with a loss to the Washington Redskins, most people figured that meant defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

It did. On Tuesday, Ryan was fired after two seasons and, Rob Ryan being Rob Ryan, his time at Valley Ranch didn’t end quietly.

“I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better,” he told “I [expletive] made them a hell of a lot better. I’ll be out of work for like five minutes.”

Ryan was vacationing when Coach Jason Garrett called with the news. The last Ryan’s injury-hobbled defense was seen, Alfred Morris was running past it for 200 yards as the Cowboys missed the playoffs and failed to win the division.

“I enjoyed my time here. I have no hard feelings,” Ryan told the Dallas Morning News. “But it doesn’t matter if I coach here or not. I will find another spot. I’m too damn good.”

Conveniently, the New York Jets just happen to need a defensive coordinator and Rex Ryan is, no doubt, familiar with his twin’s resume. Don’t hold your breath on that one, however. Rex is expected to promote defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · January 9, 2013