Cowboys hiring Mike Zimmer as DC: Dallas agrees to terms with ex-NFL HC after considering Rex Ryan

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly found their next defensive coordinator. The team agreed to terms with veteran coach Mike Zimmer to lead the defense going forward, according to NFL Media. Zimmer joins the Cowboys to replace Dan Quinn, who earlier this offseason accepted the head-coaching job for the Washington Commanders.

“I’m excited and honored to be back with a great organization,” Zimmer said (via ESPN). “I’m thrilled to work with Mike McCarthy, for whom I have had a ton of respect in our NFC North days, and to do anything I can do to help the Joneses and the Cowboys.”

Zimmer’s agreeing to terms with Dallas comes shortly after Rex Ryan, the former head coach of the New York Jets (2009-2014) and Buffalo Bills (2015-2016), pushed back on Zimmer’s reported hiring during an appearance on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” pregame show ahead of Super Bowl LVII. Ryan was a candidate who also interviewed for the Dallas defensive coordinator vacancy, and mere seconds after ESPN’s Adam Schefter went through a detailed, on-air report about the Cowboys choosing Zimmer, Ryan disputed Schefter’s reporting. 

“First off, I’m not so sure Zimmer has that job right now. I’m not sure about that,” Ryan said on ESPN Sunday. “I can honestly say I don’t believe that’s a fact right now.”  

Ryan appeared to be doing his best to fight for his shot at a job being the defensive coordinator for a team he believes is close to getting over the hump. Ryan said he called the Cowboys head coach at the beginning of the interview rounds to express his interest. On Monday, Schefter added additional context to the confusion that ensued following Ryan’s rebuttal of Schefter’s on air report.

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Author : Tyler Sullivan

Publish date : 2024-02-12 22:48:55

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