Recently hired New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was shocked to be fired by the Dallas Cowboys after the season, suggesting he was made a scapegoat for the team's failure to reach the playoffs.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones clarified this week that Ryan was dismissed for a mass defensive confusion caused by too many schemes.

"We felt like too many schemes can cause problems regardless of how good they are and how sound they are," Jones said, according to The Dallas Morning News. "If there is more than the players can digest in this day and time -- as you don't keep players for long, they move on and you have injuries."