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Cowboys Staff Introduced To Media

Well it now appears official.  The Cowboys coaching staff is complete. On Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys rolled out every member of the 2011/12 Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. Each coach was then made available for comment. While most of the crowds gathered around Rob Ryan, the Cowboys new defensive coordinator, every coach seemed to have people waiting to talk to them.

While a lot of excitement has surrounded Ryan, there has been some curiosity around Ryan’s impressions of the defense he is inheriting. “To be honest with you, I haven’t seen talent like this on a defense in a long time,” Ryan said. “I’m awfully anxious to get going with them. We’re not going to make any excuses we’re just going to win.” Ryan didn’t mince words and spoke every bit as confident as his brother Rex who has gotten most of the headlines throughout their lives.

When pressed on what he thought might be some weaknesses Ryan responded with, “I’m not going to talk about that. Nah, we’re great.” He had no shortage of nice things to say about himself either, which got him a chuckle or two. “I’m an honest, hard-working guy,” Ryan said. “I’m not exactly a picture of perfect health or a male model. But I’m a (darn) good football coach. That’s what you should expect and that’s what you’ll get.”

While people have been wondering about certain players under Ryan, most notably, DT Jay Ratliff, Ryan did offer words of security for Ratliff saying, “He’s fine.”

When asked about his philosophy of a 3/4 defense Ryan didn’t feel he needed to keep anything a surprise:

“We’re gonna sic ’em from the word go. We’re going to be multiple, we’re going to move our 3-4 defense around and get after people. The first thing is attitude. You’ve got to come in here in the right frame of mind. We’ve got to attack people, we’ve got to be on the offensive as defensive players – attack, get the ball back for our offense and give them good field position so we can score. The biggest thing is I’m here to win. With the players we have, the staff we have, all the way from the top from the owner all the way down, we’re here to win. That’s what we’re going to do.”

While Ryan stole the show in a lot of ways, the other coaches were also chatty. Former offensive line coach Hudson Houk has added “running game coordinator” in front of his title. Jason Garrett’s brother John has added “passing game coordinator” in front of his tight ends coach title. While the titles are new, the roles are the same since the Cowboys made their coaching change midway through last season. “It’s real close to a continuation of the end of last season,” John Garrett said.

The other Cowboys coach that garnered lots of attention was Super Bowl Champion Jimmy Robinson, who is the team’s Assistant Head Coach and Receivers Coach. Robinson actually mentioned he thought the Packers would make him stick around and finish up his current contract, but was thankful for the chance to stretch his legs a little. “I thought there was a possibility of that, for sure,” Robinson said. “I think the fact it was a step up in title, with assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, Mike (McCarthy) has always been pro-career advancement, and he knew that Jason and I had a relationship that had gone way back, and he was great about it. He was very happy for me, and I appreciated that a lot.”

While there were many other remarks made today, the Cowboys also listed the official staff and their roles:

Jason Garrett – Head coach
Jimmy Robinson – Asst. head coach / Wide receivers
Joe DeCamillis – Special teams coordinator
Rob Ryan – Defensive coordinator
Hudson Houck – Running game coordinator / Offensive line
John Garrett – Passing game coordinator / Tight ends
Skip Peete – Running backs
Matt Eberflus – Linebackers
Wade Wilson – Quarterbacks
Brian Baker – Defensive Line
Dave Campo – Defensive backs
Brett Maxie – Defensive backs
Wes Phillips – Asst. offensive line
Chris Boniol – Asst. special teams / Kickers
Keith O’Quinn – Quality control / Wide receivers
Bobby King – Defensive assistant / Defensive line
Ben Bloom – Defensive quality control / Linebackers
Mike Woicik – Strength and conditioning
Walt Williams – Asst. strength and conditioning


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