Cowboys switch up defense to face Jets

That game plan that Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had created to stop the Jets offense this Sunday night — throw it out the window.

When the Jets signed former Dallas safety
Andrew Sendejo to their practice squad, the Cowboys coaching staff was forced to make major
adjustments to their game plan. The bit of gamesmanship from the Jets has become somewhat commonplace for New York. It’s certainly affording head coach Rex Ryan and the coaching staff the chance to pick Sendejo’s brain. While Ryan says that the Jets didn’t bring the player in just to pick his brain — “he has a lot of traits we like” — it is enough to switch things up in Dallas.

And for Rob Ryan, the twin brother of Rex Ryan, it means going back to the drawing board.

“He ended up switching a lot of that stuff up, so I thought that was pretty interesting when I was watching the defensive side of the ball here this week,” Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said. “I’ve never seen that before, so I think there is a little cat-and-mouse game there, for sure.”

Whatever the scheme is, one thing is certain — the Cowboys will come out flying against the Jets. This will be the Cowboys’ defense first regular-season game under their new coordinator, who overachieved the past two seasons in making the Browns’ defense respectable despite inferior talent.

“He’ll bring a lot of corner pressures, he’ll do a lot of stuff [that he learned] under [Bill] Belichick’s tutelage,” Rex Ryan said.

In Week 10 of last season the Jets defeated Cleveland 26-20 in overtime, but found some difficulties, particularly on the ground. The Jets’ featured backfield — Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson — averaged just 3.39 yards per carry and had one touchdown.

But as worried as the Jets might be about the Dallas defense and the new wrinkles they may now face, the Cowboys have their own concerns on defense.

“They’ve got a whole all-star squad over there. You can’t understate the challenge,” Rob Ryan said. “It’s obviously a huge one and we’re looking forward to it.”

As for Sendejo, well, the Jets stand by the fact that they feel they’ve brought in a player who can contribute right away. Last year, Sendejo was signed to the practice squad in Dallas on Nov. 24 and was on the active roster five days later.

“He’s a smart kid, not just as a safety, but we’re looking at him more as a special teams contributor than he would be as a safety,” Ryan said. “But we think he has that kind of ability, but we’re excited to see him and we’ll probably play him this week on special teams.”

Follow beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer for Jets news the moment it happens all season long.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Bloomberg: Going green will grant you longer life…

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg tells Metro that cities are where fighting global warming can make a difference, and increase people’s lifespan.

International

Ban Ki Moon: "Climate change is an issue…

My message to you is: make your voice heard and your actions count. Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on. It’s time to lead.

Local

Earth Day New York food toolkits to help…

Hundreds of classrooms across New York City already have indoor container gardens that allow students to grow food right where they learn. But Earth Day…

Local

NYPD announces street closures for United Nations General…

The United Nations representatives are in town, and multiple city streets will be closed to traffic through Saturday, Sept. 26. The NYPD is urging those…

Television

10 Facts you won’t learn about Frankie Grande…

Frankie Grande is the worst and/or the best. Whether or not you're a fan, you'll want to know these facts about the polarizing player from "Big Brother 16."

Movies

Antoine Fuqua can kill someone with just a…

It's amazing what you can get done with the right tools. In designing the climactic battle in "the Equalizer," in which Denzel Washington's retired special…

Movies

Guess Ben Kingsley's worst filmmaking experience

Here's a fun game: Sir Ben Kingsley has made a lot of films since "Gandhi" in 1982, but at least one of them was a…

Books

Does Lena Dunham have any secrets left?

Get a sneak peek at her new book to determine if it’s worth the read.

NFL

3 things that went wrong in Jets loss…

The Jets have very little room for error with a far-from-explosive offense.

NFL

Eli Manning finally feeling good in West Coast…

The Giants have very little time before their next game, but they still took a moment to relish the team’s biggest offensive outburst since Week 1 of 2013.

College

College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close…

College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close in on FSU

NFL

Jay Cutler takes Marc Trestman's coaching to heart

While Jay Cutler turned to an autobiography on the man who would be his head coach, Trestman had personal experience with the player.

Wellbeing

Exercising leads to more drinking — and we…

  We’re rewarding ourselves with more than dessert on days we exercise, according to a new study. On days when people exercise more, typically Thursday…

Wellbeing

5 gadgets to protect you from sharks, concussions,…

The medical industry is inundated with devices looking after all aspects of your wellbeing, from monitoring your sleep patterns to warding off shark attacks. We…

Wellbeing

Narcissism and the ugly side of vanity

I have a friend who constantly talks about herself and rarely asks any questions about my life. She is constantly preening, obsessed with her body,…

Wellbeing

Lacking new ideas, Apple Watch disappoints health experts

Technology pundits were quick to predict the demise of most fitness wristbands and smartwatches when the Apple Watch was announced. But health care professionals and…