Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan doesn't seem too worried about facing Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday. The Panthers run the option and a zone read offense with the mobile Newton -- a scheme the Cowboys haven't faced in 2012.
"I can handle the option," Ryan told ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth. "I've done it my whole life."
The system forces the defense to stay disciplined with their rush and puts pressure on the decision-making of the defensive end or linebacker responsible for outside containment.
"It's tough," Ryan said. "This league is about players more so than schemes and things. He's a dynamic player and does commercials and got posters all over the place and there's a reason. The guy is a tremendous athlete, but we run a sound defense here. So we're just ready to play and get back on track."
The Panthers are 1-4, including three straight losses. They're desperate to stop the free-fall after a bye week. Newton hasn't played well in 2012. The Cowboys (2-3) want to stay in the NFC East race and coach Jason Garrett is hearing it after Dallas botched a late-game drive and lost to the Ravens by two points last week.Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.