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Cowboys Mailbag: December 27, 2011

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Brandon Forsythe - Cypress, TX: People always ask about Jason Garrett, but do you think Rob Ryan's job is in jeopardy if the Cowboys lose to the Giants Sunday?

Rob: No, I think Ryan and his players need a full offseason together. I'm not blaming the lockout for the defense allowing more yards and points late in the season, because based on the logic, that would have happened early. But like Garrett, Ryan needs time to implement everything and suggest personnel he needs to make his system work best. Remember, during the hurried post-lockout free agency period, the only additions were Abram Elam and Kenyon Coleman.

Josh: Not at all. Actually, it would probably just improve his chances of returning a second season, since teams in need of a head coach would probably be more discouraged from hiring a coordinator whose defense was a big part of the reason his team didn't make the playoffs. Look, Rome wasn't built in a day. Considering how awful this defense was last year, it would've been wrong to expect him to turn the unit around without major personnel upgrades. The Cowboys didn't help Ryan at all last offseason.

Nate Matthews - Jersey City, NJ: Do you think this is Terence Newman's last year with the team based on his sporadic play? If so, will the Cowboys pursue a defensive back in the draft or free agency?

Rob: Not so sure about that. Newman does have another three years left on his contract after this season and I'm not convinced he's 100 percent right now based on how well he played early in the year. But, this won't be the first time his future has been questioned. Would he have stuck around if Nnamdi Asomugha signed here in August? I don't think Orlando Scandrick got paid nearly $30 million to be merely a slot corner forever, and I do think a corner will be targeted in the draft this year. We'll just have to see.

Josh: Whether it's free agency or the draft, the Cowboys have to improve there. Newman has really struggled the last few weeks, which, despite some better play earlier in the season, has become too much the norm for him. At 33, he's only going to continue to diminish athletically, and his health has been an issue for a little while. Orlando Scandrick got starter money for a reason. I think the writing is on the wall.

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