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Cowboys studied Ryan's defense before lockout

Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:54 am
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

With NFL players locked out of team facilities, introducing new playbooks figures toR. Ryan (US Presswire) be a major challenge for some clubs in 2010. The Dallas Cowboys, who hired Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator 52 days before the lockout, are no exception.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, they realized this predicament ahead of time. And so did their players.

Second-year inside linebacker Sean Le told Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News that virtually the entire defense returned to Valley Ranch during February for a slew of crash courses on Ryan’s extremely complex 3-4 zone exchange based system.

"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."

In all likelihood, most teams with new offensive or defensive coordinators did the same thing this offseason. Come late summer, the challenge of operating in Ryan’s new system without months of practice will still be considerable. But at least the players have made the best of an iffy situation.

"Whenever we do start again," Lee said, "we're not going to be learning from scratch."

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