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Cowboys Made Learning Ryan’s Defense a Priority Before Lockout

Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News reports that according to inside linebacker Sean Lee, many Cowboys players attempted to learn as much as they could about Ryan’s system before the restrictions imposed during the lockout went into effect.

In fact, several returned to Valley Ranch in February to meet with Ryan, knowing that they would soon be barred from the practice facility.

“At some point,” Lee said, “most everybody was in there. They were making sure they had all the information they could get to take with them into the offseason. I thought we did a really good job preparing for this. I don’t think we’re going to lose a step because of that.”

During those cram sessions, Lee came away with a favorable impression of Ryan and Eberflus, saying they were “extremely knowledgeable and they make it very easy to learn.”

“We got a ton of information,” Lee added.

Lee, who quickly earned praise as a rookie for his diligence and dedication, said he has already spent hours watching film Ryan’s multifaceted defense while working out in Pennsylvania. He expects the investment of time he and the other players have already made studying Ryan’s system will be beneficial once the lockout ends.

“Whenever we do start again,” he said, “we’re not going to be learning from scratch.”

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