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Even without opening, Browns' Ryan interested in Oakland job

By dan Published: January 15, 2010

In an interview with Tom Pedulla of USA Today, Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he's interested in being head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Many expect current Raiders coach Tom Cable to be fired by owner Al Davis, perhaps as soon as today.

"Hell, yeah, I'd have interest," Ryan told Pedulla. "I haven't talked to Mr. Davis because he has a coach. Let's see what happens."

Ryan was defensive coordinator for the Raiders from 2004 to 2008. In Ryan's first year as defensive coordinator with Cleveland, the Browns finished 31st in the league in total defense and 21st in scoring defense.

Ryan interviewed for the Raiders' head coaching job four years ago.

"I will be a head coach in this league, and I will be damn successful, too," Ryan said.

Rob's brother, Rex Ryan, is in his first season as head coach of the New York Jets and helped lead the team to the playoffs.

Rob Ryan may have tried to plant the seed in Davis' mind that he'd like Cable's job before the Browns hosted the Raiders on Dec. 27.

Asked what it was like to coach in Oakland, Ryan said, ''It was like a dream come true for me. Me and my brother, that’s something we always dreamed about, being the bad guy. It was great.

''I learned a ton of football from Mr. Davis. It was a great experience. We didn’t win and that’s the thing, like I said, nothing is guaranteed in this business. Even though they have the teams of the decade and had all of those Super Bowls, it didn’t work out when I was there five years.''

Ryan said Davis didn't interfere as much as it is perceived.

''That’s the biggest misconception there is,'' Ryan said. ''Not at all. Not at all until the season is over. Then he wants to know what you did and why you do it and things like that and the personnel. I never saw all of that, what people say. Maybe he changed when I got there. I don’t know. He didn’t like to be around me or something.”

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