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Ryan takes Pool to school

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 30, 2009

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he worked with free safety Brodney Pool on his tackling after Pool missed Donald Driver on the receiver's 71-yard touchdown catch in Sunday's 31-3 loss to Green Bay.

Asked what he said to Pool, Ryan said, ''First of all, ‘Why the [heck] did you miss the tackle?’ and then second of all, ‘We have to do it right and we have to do it better.’

''I take him out and put him through a tackling drill that I’ve seen work for kids of all ages. My kids can tackle, because they do the old-school drill where you start on your back and you go straight ahead and there’s nowhere to go but hit the other man. We’re going to work on it until he gets better.''

Ryan believes in Pool, a second-round pick in 2005 who has been a starter since 2006.

''I really think that guy’s game is really coming on, with the couple of exceptions where he’ll miss a tackle,'' Ryan said. ''Everything’s magnified out there, because he is the last line of defense. I think he can be a terrific player, but he has to improve his tackling, and we’re counting on it. Unfortunately, we need it. It happens, a couple times a week where your free safety is put in that situation. Some teams it doesn’t happen near as much.

''That young man knows he has to tackle better and he also is a good enough competitor and a smart player that knows he’ll work on it and he will get better.''

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