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Rob Ryan to Coordinate Cowboys Defense

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Rob Ryan is the new defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys.

Ryan has spent last the two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, who granted permission for the Cowboys to interview the 12-year NFL coaching veteran.

Ryan, the son of Buddy Ryan and twin brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, began his NFL coaching career as a defensive backs caoch with the Arizona Cardinals in 1994. Ryan returned to the college ranks from 1996-1999 before joining Bill Belichick's New England Patriots coaching staff in 2000, coaching the linebackers until getting his first coordinator opportunity with the Oakland Raiders in 2004.

Cleveland quickly scooped Ryan up after the Raiders fired him following the 2008 season.

The Cowboys and Ryan met for nearly six hours at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters on Friday, and a deal was expected to be reached at some point this weekend.

Dallas did not have an official defensive coordinator in 2010, with former head coach Wade Phillips handling those duties. Phillips was fired eight games into the season, with Paul Pasqualoni taking over as coordinator for the second half of the season. (Pasqualoni accepted the head coaching position at Connecticut on Thursday)

Ryan has vast experience in a 3-4 system, which the Cowboys have constructed their roster to run.

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