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Transcript from press conference with Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 17, 2010

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan press conference 9-17-10

(On his impressions of the Chiefs’ offense) -- “I think, obviously, they did a great job last week.  They had a game plan that was smart to protect the football.  Really bad weather conditions it looked like.  I thought they did a remarkable job against a really good football team in San Diego.  They have a lot of weapons.  Last year, they just absolutely went up and down the field on us, caused us a lot of problems in communication and they have only gotten better.  They’ve added, obviously, a couple of good rookies, but (Dwayne) Bowe is back healthy.  Brian Waters, their great guard, who I think is probably the best in football, he’s back.  Now they have added Charlie Weis to go along with (Todd) Haley over there.  That’s, obviously, a formidable group.”

(On how encouraged he was with his two rookies, T.J. Ward and Joe Haden, last week) -- “Daryl (Ruiter), I was excited about them.   I think they got in there, they weren’t in awe of everything.  I thought they played fast.  I think a lot of times, you get those guys and they can run and do all of these things and then they get in their first game and it’s a little different for them.  I thought they did well.  I think they are going to get better each week.  That T.J. Ward really is a tough guy and what a special guy he is going to be for a long time.  They’re going to be good.  Those guys are good and I think our whole defense was hurting after that game and I think we are going to get out here, get after it and get a win.”

(On what Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita bring to the run defense) -- “Jeff (Schudel), I tell you what, those two guys were outstanding in the ballgame.  I know it’s, ‘Well, this guy played outstanding and that guy played outstanding.’  No, they did.  Those two guys really did some great things.  They have got so much speed between them both and versatility, it’s easy to put them in positions to make plays.  Those are two playmakers that are really going to help us.  They are smart and they do everything well.”

(On the different styles of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones) -- “They are different styles. Thomas Jones is a grinder.  I think he got about 1,400 yards rushing last year and is a super football player and a great veteran. He’s been in the league a long time and he’s always been effective.  Then you got this Charles, this homerun hitter, who we were talking today that (Usain) Bolt guy might be faster but that might be about it.  This guy can run, unfortunately we saw this guy to it to us last year.  Is he the toughest guy in the world to pick up blitzes and things? I don’t know, I hope to find out.  I know one thing he can run with that football, and he’s a weapon.”

(On needing to set an edge because of Jamaal Charles) -- “The big thing with (Jamaal) Charles is he sets his own edge a lot of times.  Guys will set an initial edge and he’ll actually go underneath him and back outside.  That’s a very difficult thing to do you can’t simulate it in practice.  He’s unique, I don’t see many guys doing that on Sunday’s and I’ve seen a lot of them. I’ll tell you what, that guy he really does a nice job.”

(On giving up over 200 yards to Tampa Bay) -- “I don’t know, Steve (Doerschuk), I don’t give a (crap) about the yards.  Thing is I think we played well for the opening day.  Did we do it the entire game? We had about one lapse on losing the quarterback which was a big point of emphasis which gave them the field goal.  We had a turnover right before half which gave them a touchdown after we dropped the pick.  Then they hit one play on us really.  I think we played a little bit better than the 200 whatever yards.  But when you lose no one cares.  I was talking to some of the coach’s kids that have been around he a long time, Phil Eisenstein, Luke Steckel his dad’s been around forever, was an old ball coach and Tracy Smith and we’re all talking. It’s just amazing how it always comes down to one play and how tough and miserable that makes a week in the home of that poor family such as my own.  It just stinks, but there’s nothing better than winning.  You’ve got to be great every play.  I know you guys can look and say well it’s Tampa. It’s so and so and these guys are better but (heck) you don’t know that on Sunday.  These are professional football players that make plays.  That (darn) kid caught the ball on a deflection. His reactions must have been better than anybody’s ever.  Just let the ball drop but no he doesn’t he makes a play.  Our guys did a great job on stopping that (Kellen) Winslow.  That’s not easy.  That guy’s a (heck) of a football player. (Marcus) Benard had 2.5 sacks. He got one taken away for some bone head play on our part where we got the wrong personnel in the game, but it affected him. He would be leading the league in sacks.  I’m not hanging my head for our performance against Tampa. I’m raising it up and we’re going to beat the (crap) out of this next team.  We’re going to line it up play somebody else and when we get to New England, we get to New England.”

(On how much of a difference the game plan is this year against the Chiefs with Charlie Weis there) -- “I’ll tell you what between those guys they’ve got so much hardware over there from winning championships and the experience of coaching them.  They are going to find a way.  We are going to have to be at our very best.  I thought (Todd) Haley did an unbelievable job last year, about as good as anybody attacked us, them and Green Bay I thought and of course Pittsburgh the first game.  With all experience, great coaches.  Charlie is a phenomenal person, he’s a great coach and he’ll have that team ready.  But so are we, let’s not pretend we’re going to ready also.”

(On if Charlie Weis calls the game differently than Todd Haley) -- “A little bit. Haley is a huge shift in motioning type of guy where Charlie likes to take a look at you then attack you.  You see elements of both and that’s difficult because it expands their package which is already a vast package.  With their talent that they have, they’re one of the better offenses.  I know that they only had a couple hundred yards or 100 and something last week but they played it the way the game is supposed to be play. They played it close to the vests, they’re not throwing the ball all over the yard in a hurricane.  This is a good offense, we’ve got our work cut out for us but I think we’re ready, (heck) I know we’re ready.”

(On if Joe Haden could have done anything different on the touchdown) -- “Yes, his coach could have called a better call. I called a max pressure there. I just wanted to knock them out of field goal range, I got a little stubborn.  We had been hitting them, we were four for four in our max pressures going in.  (Heck) you guys said we couldn’t rush so I blitzed but it effected everything.  I was smarter than that.  I had something else dialed up. I told the guys what we were going to play in that situation and I got off track on it.  I just went with my gut feeling there and it didn’t work out.”

(On the scene when he left New England) -- “It actually ended with Charlie Weis throwing me a party because we were all tight as a group.  Charlie threw me a great party, he’s a great person and of course RAC (Romeo Crennel) was there. Eric (Mangini) was there. I left a lot of great friends.  That’s what happens when you go on and you’re in this business a long time, you coach against your friends that know you really well and just like the Pagano brothers one in Baltimore one in San Diego, the Ryan’s I’ve coached against my brother.  It’s just that way, but the utmost respect for those gentlemen and also want to get after their (butt).”

(On if he feels he can think right with Romeo Crennel) -- “Yes, but I think he is going to be calling defense this week so it sucks.  No, I know what he thinks and literally when you look at Kansas City play which we’ll do a lot when we’re seeing common opponents we play so similar of defenses.  It’s a very fine line of guys that actually play those types of styles of defense but you can see his blue print all over it.  I think he’s made his defense tougher, smarter and they’re fun to watch.”

(On if he has taken a lot from Crennel) -- “Yes, I think the big thing with RAC (Romeo Crennel) is he is a very down to earth guy, humble which I didn’t take from him, but I know you’re supposed to be humble.  He’s such a gentlemen and he’s a class act, I know his philosophy obviously but at that time I think I took more from Bill Belichick who was the head coach on situational defense and things like that.  RAC was calling those but it was just the way it was presented with Bill with the entire team that’s probably the biggest thing I took away from there.  The game plan was so memorable and so fun with me and Eric (Mangini) and Romeo racing to get what we thought would be the difference in the game and the call of the game.  That was fun and those were great memories that I’ll always have.”

(On if Shaun Rogers’ reps are going to increase) -- “I’m not sure.  The number of plays that he played in the game I thought he did an excellent job.  For being out as long as he did, I thought he collapsed the pocket really well. He penetrated. He made things happen for us.  The size of the guy and the strength you don’t see that everyday so it was fun to have him out there.”

(On if Rogers will play on Sunday) -- “You’ll have to check with Eric (Mangini) on that I’m sure he knows, the trainers know right now.  I’m probably the last guy to know. I just know what the other team does.”

(On how the new pieces fit in the defense) -- “Steve (Doerschuk), we kind of know what you have but you never know because it’s the first (darn) game. You like to see them in and the type of speed they are going to play with and things and the communication was excellent during the game.  It just sucks we didn’t win the game, but I know we had everything going the way we wanted to on the sideline.  There was great communication between the players and coaches, everyone was into the game, we understood the opponent, but that doesn’t always mean you are going to win. I liked the way it was working.  It was like in mid-season form.  We’ve added some intelligence there now.  We’ve really got some guys in there that have seen a lot of huddles broke, they know what they’re saying, they’re honest, they’re together and its great.  It’s not just because it’s week one.  These guys know how to play football and you’re going to see that.”

(On trusting Joe Haden to play man to man coverage) -- “I’m not afraid to put any of our guys in man coverage.  If you watch that game we did it a lot.  We never did it a lot with just max pressures, we did it a lot in our game plan.  That was no slide to their receivers which honestly I thought they were okay.  We wanted to attack that quarterback.  If you have a guy out there that you are scared of playing with, man it makes calling defense tough. Sometimes it happens. I’ve been there, you guys have probably seen that before I don’t know, but I know one (darn) thing it makes it hard.  It’s hard to dial anything up with aggressiveness when you’re ducking every time you call something.”


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