Dallas Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on Tuesday and there are already some names being floated as potential options for the team. Owner Jerry Jones hinted that there could be some big changes coming and now that Ryan is out, it seems like there’s a chance that Dallas could switch to a 4-3 defense next year.
Todd Archer of ESPN.com lists Monte Kiffin, Dave Wannstedt and Lovie Smith as three potential options should they make the switch to a 4-3 front.
- Kiffin is rumored to be considering a return to the NFL now that things aren’t going so well with his son, Lane, at USC.
- Lovie is out of job and there are there’s a lot of competition for the available head coaching jobs, so doesn’t seem unrealistic that he would consider taking coordinator job.
- Wannstedt was fired again, but he does run a 4-3 defense and has ties to the Cowboys. I’m not a big fan of the idea, but I guess it’s possible.
Dan Graziano of ESPN.com also mentions that Lovie Smith could be an option if they choose to switch up their base defense. If they stick with a 3-4 defense, Graziano suggests that Cardinals DC Ray Horton and former Jets DC Mike Pettine could both be options.