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Transcript from press conference with Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 1, 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 10-1-10

(On what he does when he sees a player having a tough game like Eric Wright did last Sunday) -- “I think the biggest thing is he’s a tremendous player and a tremendous competitor.  No one is more disappointed with the game and how it turned out than he is.  Of course, it’s not all his fault, obviously.  (Joe) Flacco made a couple of unbelievable throws.  The first one, he’s undercutting to try to make an interception.  He’s got such good coverage, he’s like, ‘I’m going for the play.’  Then the ball just kept sailing on him and they scored a touchdown.  He’s a great player and he’s going to bounce back in a big way this week.  That’s just the way it is.  I’m sure you guys haven’t always been perfect on your columns.  I’ve read some of them and we all know that’s a fact (joking).  We’ll be alright.”

(On what went wrong last week if Wright played well) -- “He’s always played well.  I don’t think necessarily Eric played that well.  He’s always played well for us for the two years I’ve been here.  I don’t think he was particularly great last week.  We’ve tried a lot of things, we did a lot of things.  We doubled (Anquan) Boldin there for a bit.  We had him locked in man coverage with some max pressures with no help and then we had some help there.  A couple of great players going at it and Boldin had the better day, but I’m sure E-Wright will get him next time around.”

(On him taking heat for blitzing often and not getting any sacks) -- “I know we got beat on another max pressure this week.  It’s something that we are going to get through. We haven’t been precise on some of those.  Some of them have been pretty good and the biggest thing is everybody in the stadium notices when they don’t go well, the whole (dang) place erupts.  When you max pressure, someone’s band is going to play.  Either your band or theirs and unfortunately, we’ve heard their music a couple of times.  It doesn’t mean I’m going to turn into a wimp all of a sudden.  We’ve got to be smart about it.  We usually are and it was a calculated risk that at that time I and I alone thought was the best thing to do.  We had been beaten four times in a row in double coverage in those same situations, so I got tired of looking at that also.  We went with the pressure and it didn’t quite work out the way we were hoping.  The bad thing is, our offense played so unbelievably well.  You had (Peyton) Hillis running through those guys, I’ve never seen anybody be able to do that to the Raven defense.  It’s just such a shame that we just didn’t quite finish, we didn’t hold up as a team that way.  Defensively, we definitely didn’t hold up our end of the bargain.”

(On if it is difficult to blitz Carson Palmer because of how quickly he gets rid of the ball) -- “The biggest thing with Carson Palmer is he’s got a quick release, obviously, he’s very intelligent, he’s a great competitor.  He’s an annoying scrambler, we saw that last year at our place.  On fourth and 12, nobody in their right mind is going to take off and run with it unless they’re Michael Vick, but he did and won the game for them.  I have the utmost respect for him, he’s a great player.  Also the thing with the Bengals, you do have two hall of fame wide receivers out there with him.  It makes him very difficult to defend.  They also have a fine group of running backs.  We are looking for it.  I was going through our music last night and got to my Santana, an old friend from Oakland, and put on ‘I am Winning.’  That’s all we are going to do.  We don’t intend to lose again.  We’re tired of it, sick of it.  I know you guys are.  To (heck) with that, anybody can lose.  It’s time to win, we are sick of losing.  We don’t care what they have got, it’s all about us.”

(On Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens) -- “That Ochocinco is phenomenal.  Whatever name he goes by, he really is a phenomenal player.  Bogey (Chad Bogard), our film guy, is the best in football as you guys know.  He’s up later than I am, which I don’t believe I’ve been home before midnight.  That poor guy is getting all of this film ready for everybody and (heck), no wonder he’s single.  The guy never goes home.  A little shout out there to him for giving me all of the clips.  We had 744 clips on just their regular package alone, so we are tired of looking at them, but Ochocinco get faster and better each year, in my opinion.  The guy is just tremendous.  Of course, T.O. out there is just a freak.  He’s just a big freak out there and he makes a lot of plays.”

(On who he would compare Peyton Hillis to) -- “Larry Csonka back in the day.  Earl Campbell, when he was running with those tear-away jerseys.  We played him when he was at Denver and I saw him do some things to some opponents that made me shake my head.  I couldn’t believe he ran Lawyer Milloy over one time, who I have the biggest respect for.  I was like, ‘Man, this kid must be pretty good.’  Then he broke our kid’s shoulder on a tackle, Michael Huff.  I was a fan ever since and I was like, ‘Man, this guy is pretty good.’  I believe Eric (Mangini) was playing him the next week so I gave him a warning call, ‘Hey, watch out.  They’ve got a back back there, he isn’t pretty, but he hurts people.  He runs them over.’  I’ve heard him compared to Mike Alstott by Bryan Cox, and that’s probably the best comparison.  He’s a fullback that can tote the ball. He gets tougher when he’s got the ball under his arm and I bet he was a (beast) in red rover, red rover.  Kill the guy with the ball?  He’s out there collecting his own hides.  He’s fun to watch, God he is.  If we weren’t doing so poorly last week on defense, I would have really enjoyed him.”

(On what he attributes the Bengals’ early offensive struggles to) -- “I wish we could bring that rainstorm they were playing in last week, I think that would help.  They’re a great football team.  Last week when we played Baltimore it’s like, ‘Yeah, they’re just okay.’  No, they’re going to be a top five offense, that’s just the way it is.  These guys are outstanding.  We are going to have to go out there and get after them and play our best.  Our guys are definitely ready to do that and whatever it is, I’m sure they’ll get it fixed.  They’ve got an outstanding coaching staff over there and I’m sure they’ll get that fixed.  There’s only one football, thank God.  They’ve got all these weapons, but eventually they can only get it to one guy.  Hopefully we can cause enough problems that maybe they’ll start (yelling) at each other on the side and that would be nice.”

(On if he will have Shaun Rogers back this week) -- “I don’t know.  We had all three guys try to work late in the week, the three d-linemen (Kenyon Coleman, Rogers and Robaire Smith).  We’ve got big plans here to win, but you actually need some d-linemen to play in the game.  We better get some.  I’m sure they’re doing everything they can to be healthy and play.  It’s hard to be in a 3-4 if you don’t have three d-linemen dressing.  We need somebody to play.”

(On if Rogers loses anything by not being able to practice but still playing in the game) -- “Practice is very important.  I’m sure you lose your timing, I’m sure you’re mentally more focused when you’re out there on the field, also being with his teammates.  To have a defense, you have to have a team group.  It’s not about one guy on defense and it’s not like basketball, I guess.  I’m not an expert there.  It’s important to be out there, it’s important to have practice, it’s important to practice well. I’m sure if Shaun does play, it will be more on just an ability thing than actually getting in a groove of playing.  Hopefully, these guys can get well and get back out there and practice and be at their best.”

(On facing Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott) -- “I think our run defense is coming on, I really do.  But they do have unique styles, both of those backs.  They are different.  One can hammer it in there between the tackles, the other one is the threat to go all of the way.  He also has that unique ability to hit the off tackle and then bounce it.  We have got a lot of work to do with these guys.  Last year we played them and we played them in a style that was basically telling them to run the ball.  We wanted to keep the points down as low as we could, but we told them to run it and they did.  We’ve got to be careful what we wish for.  I think we’re playing better technique-wise.  We have real good football players out there on the front now with the additions of (Chris) Gocong and (Scott) Fujita.  With that safety back there, T.J. (Ward), these guys are doing a nice job in the running game.”

(On if he is concerned with rookies Ward and Joe Haden against Ochocinco and Owens) -- “No, I think these guys work really good.  They’re smart guys and they’re both competitors.  The big thing with those two great receivers is, besides all of the stuff they do in being the veterans and all that, is they are ultimate competitors too.  They’ll fight like crazy for that football and we are going to have to do a great job of covering.  Our guys have been challenging more than they ever have in practice.  We are fighting for that ball, we’re not giving up anything.  Whatever we can do to finish, we are doing it as a team.  That’s the biggest thing.  We’ve lost, obviously, three close games, I’m not ducking it.  We’ve lost three games where we’ve had the lead and it’s our responsibility on defense to win, and that’s what we plan on doing.”

(On the max pressure blitz not working because of missed assignments) -- “No, they had shown us a protection look and they called timeout right before it.  We still liked our blitz, we were ready to go with it and they changed up the protection look and we actually went to a different blitz.  It still was coming clean.  We didn’t quite get the challenge on the receiver what we needed to.  We had too much separation, so he was allowed to throw the ball.  If we had it a little tighter coverage there, I think we would have been okay.  We would have hit the quarterback.  You’ve got to take your hat off to Flacco.  He hung in there, knew the hit was coming and still could deliver the ball.  Honestly, when you look back at that game, Flacco made some throws that were out of this world.  We had tight coverage on him, double coverage.  It’s easy to say, ‘They beat Eric Wright.’  Yes, they beat Eric Wright when he had perfect coverage and they throw the ball over his ear that nobody can get to.  They did it a couple of times to him, so you’ve got to tip your hat to Flacco.  Bottom line is this week, we plan on having everybody tip their hat to us.”

(On Mike Adams saying he made a mistake last Sunday on a touchdown to Boldin) -- “He had coverage on the tight end as well and they had thrown a lot of screens before.  That’s a difficult situation.  Mike’s a stand-up guy, but he also had the tight end in his responsibility.”

(On if Palmer can invite the blitz and beat it before it gets to him) -- “He beats a lot of things.  This guy here, there’s a reason why he goes to Hawaii every year and it’s not just my vote that’s getting him there.  He’s a great player.  He can beat blitz, zone, anything.  If he’s on the top of his game, he’s very streaky.  If he’s on the top of his game, he can beat just about anything.  I understand the question about some guys just invite the blitz, they dare you to blitz them.  The bottom line is most people don’t max pressure.  There’s very few teams that will send everybody they’ve got on the roster.  Sometimes you need to hit the quarterback and in that game, I believe the Ravens had given up two sacks all year.  (John) Matsko, their offensive line coach, is tremendous.  It was getting a little frustrating back there when you don’t hit the guy.  I’m like you guys, I want to (freaking) hit him.  I’m a human being too, just like you guys are.  It doesn’t mean I’m perfect, but I do want to hit the quarterback.”

(On how pressuring the quarterback changes without Rogers and Marcus Benard playing) -- “The biggest thing is, there’s a lot of coaches that will cry about injuries.  They’ll get one injury and they’re up here crying.  We’re used to it.  I’ve been in Oakland where we’ve had a couple guys hurt and never complained.  I’ve been here and my God, we’ve had five, six, seven guys hurt every game.  It doesn’t matter.  I’m not going to cry and I’ll pray a little more, praying and praying harder.  Whatever it takes, that’s just what it is.  I’m not ever going to blame anything on our players because the ones that are out there are good players.  They’re good players and if we ever get healthy, that’s great.  That will be cool.  I’d like to see us healthy, that’d be nice.”

(On why the team has lost three fourth quarter leads) -- “I’m not sure.  I’ve read some things saying I don’t adjust.  Come on, I know I can adjust and we do that.  I think the thing is they made plays at times.  Tampa Bay made a play in a critical situation to beat us with a touchdown pass.  Flacco did last week.  We gave up a field goal against Kansas City.  This is pro football, teams are going to make plays.  Have we been outcoached in those games?  (Heck) no.  Give me a break.  It isn’t even close.  You can say we have, but I don’t give a (crap).”

(On comparing Owens to Randy Moss and if one guy can cause dissention on a team) -- “I tell you what, I was there with Randy Moss in Oakland and he was fantastic.  He was a great competitor, he was tremendous.  I can only speak on that guy because I was actually there.  Nobody worked harder than Randy Moss.  That was always amazing to me about how he was covered in that situation.  I don’t know if he was talking to the media or not.  Man, I saw a guy that has unbelievable work ethic, a super competitor, still a great athlete and then he went on to New England and went on to shock the world by being great.  He never shocked me.  I think in Oakland, we actually might have had more problems with the guy throwing him the ball.  That might have been the biggest problem.  With T.O., I don’t know anything about the young man except my wife loves his video show or whatever, so he’s a fine actor.  I have the utmost respect for he and Ochocinco.”

(On if he is a fan of Owens and Ochocinco’s touchdown celebrations) -- “I get entertained when they are on somebody else.  I don’t like it when they score on us, obviously.  I think those guys have personality, obviously, and I admire them for their skill and also their personality.  I think they’ve got good personalities.”

(On how beneficial it is to have Mike Holmgren around for advice) -- “I think it’s great.  I think having Mike Holmgren here gives us a face for our team.  Most people say, ‘Well, we have our decal.’  We don’t have a decal, we have the Brown helmet.  The thing about us is we have a (heck) of a leader.  He is the face of our organization and I think it’s awesome.  I’m not awed by him, but it is nice.  Here’s a guy that will probably be up in the Hall of Fame one day, much like Al Davis in Oakland.  The nice thing about it is Mike is real polite and a nice person and things, where Al Davis would rip your face off.  I have the utmost respect for both men and both men are great leaders.  We have a tremendous guy in this building.  He knows what good football is and we are going to show him good football this week.”


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