Dallas Cowboys Owner/President/General Manager/PR Machine Jerry Jones fired Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan after just two seasons on the Cowboys staff.
Jones promised big changes after the Cowboys fell to another 8-8 finish, and this seems to be what he was talking about.
Most fans wanted a different splash. More specifically, a lot of fans wanted head coach Jason Garrett gone.
At the very least, most wanted Jerry to at least hire an offensive coordinator to take play calling duties away from Garrett.
Instead, it feels like Jerry Jones picked a random coach to fire just to make a splash. The Cowboys defense did fade at the end of the season, but that has more to do with the injuries that the defense suffered.
The Cowboys defense was so decimated by injuries, that not even the most diehard Cowboy fans knew the names of some of the linebackers and defensive backs that saw the field for America’s team this season.
We should’ve known that this defense was doomed after Sean Lee and Bruce Carter were done for the year. Former All-Pro nose tackle Jay Ratliff played about as much this season as Kyle Orton did.
And to make matters worse, Ratliff’s backup was arrested and caused one of the worst moments in Cowboys history, leaving Coach Ryan to grab another nose tackle the night before a game in Cincinnati.
Now if all these injuries sound like excuses for Ryan, perhaps you’re right. Perhaps Ryan’s defense wasn’t going to cut it no matter who was on the field.
Perhaps looking for a new defensive coordinator is the right move for the cowboys, especially with a Texas native like Lovie Smith looking for work.
Perhaps a move back to the 4-3 defense is in the best interest of the boys, and Ryan is a traditional 3-4 guy.
The decision to fire Ryan might’ve been strictly football, but let’s all be honest. This feels like a desperation move, a move Jerry did to make some sort of splash, just to prove to the angry fan base that 8-8 is no longer acceptable.
In the end though, it really feels like he just picked up a heavy rock, and threw it in the lake just for the sake of seeing a splash, and that’s not how you excite a fan base.
John Dyer is a sports blogger for KSAT.com. He also owns a sports website, Texas Sports Junkie.