My story: Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will teach it slower this time

Rob Ryan, Cowboys defensive coordinator, tries to swing a golf club/AP

If there is one thing I took out of Cowboys rookie mini-camp last week, it’s that defensive coordinator Rob Ryan think this year’s defense will be a lot better than last year’s defense. But it was his reason why that got me thinking.

Thanks to the lockout-infused offseason and a much shorter time for acclimation in 2011, Ryan said he rushed the teaching of his scheme in his first year with the Cowboys. That’s why, when it came time for blame, he didn’t put it on his players. He put it on himself as the reason for their bad play. Ryan insisted that this year, he’s going to go about it the right way and build a foundation.

It’s like getting a tutor,” Ryan said. “My kid gets a tutor, he gets 90s in math. He doesn’t? Forties. We need 90s or 100s.”

Check out my story posted on NFL.com today for more.

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