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                      === Cowboys' Rob Ryan out as DC ===
 
 Irving,  TX (Sports  Network) - The Dallas Cowboys fired defensive coordinator
 Rob Ryan on Tuesday.
 
 Ryan  was  let  go  after  the  Cowboys missed  the  postseason  for  a  third
 consecutive year. His firing ends a two-year tenure with the team.
 
 "I  want  to express  my  appreciation  to Rob  for  all  of his  efforts  and
 contributions  to  the Cowboys  over the  past two  years," Cowboys head coach
 Jason  Garrett said in  a statement. "At this time, the decision has been made
 to move forward in a different direction philosophically on defense. I have an
 immense  amount of  respect for Rob as a  person and as a football coach and I
 wish him and his family the very best."
 
 Under  Ryan's  tutelage, the  Cowboys ranked  among the  league's top 20 total
 defenses,  placing 14th in 2011 but slipping to 19th in 2012, perhaps in large
 part as a result of injuries to many of Dallas' key defensive players.
 
 Ryan becomes the second casualty of the Cowboys' coaching staff. Running backs
 coach Skip Peete was fired on Monday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/08 21:59:15 ET