The Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on Tuesday. Blame Robert Griffin III.
This will not be in the press release. It is the truth.
The Redskins quarterback beat the Cowboys on a single leg in the season finale. With another week of healing, RG3 barely had time to breathe against an obviously better Seattle defense.
And so less than a week after promising anger and discomfort, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones landed on a target: The leader of his battered and ineffectual defense. The feeling around Valley Ranch was Ryan inherited a good defense from Wade Phillips that had not gotten better and, while there were injuries, there were playmakers left.