Seeing as Rob Ryan has spent his first Cowboys season becoming arguably the most prominent assistant coach of all time, it's no surprise he's talking big about Sunday night's winner-take-all meeting with the Giants.
Last week, Rob's twin brother, Rex, had a seven-egg omelette on his face after his boasts ahead of a matchup against the Giants ended with an ugly Jets loss. Undeterred, Rob sounds very much like a man who soon expects to be wearing XXXL NFC East champions merch.
"They're going down there to watch me become a champion again," Ryan said, referring to family members he's flying in for the game. "That's what they're there for, all of them. Hell, it's a costly endeavor, but I want them to be there when we win the (NFC) East, and I'll probably steal a couple T-shirts and make sure they get them, because that's what we're there for."
That's all well and good, Rob, but what's all this talk about being a champion again? A study of his job history shows that in seven seasons as a defensive coordinator with the Raiders and Browns, no team ever finished with more than five wins.
Perhaps he's referring to the two rings obtained during his run as a linebackers coach with the Patriots in the early aughts. Does that really count?
The Ryan brothers have become the NFL's version of Andy Kauffman: You're not sure whether to laugh along ... or heckle unmercifully.