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Transcript from press conference with Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 12, 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 11-12-10

(On if he has a bounty on his brother Rex) -- “Now that whole thing was very confusing to me. Let’s just start right there, I’ll address this because I don’t know how that became a national story but it’s amazing.  I don’t have a bounty on him but I got confused when he dressed up supposedly as me and then he put a bounty on me. I don’t understand how that thing works.  I did listen to it and I looked at it and realized that well okay if that really does look like me which it probably did, maybe I should listen to him a little bit.  He said something about a band surgery so I’m going to try it and you guys let me know.  I believe he puts it on like this, I don’t know so he puts it up there I guess it takes some time I guess.  Oh wait, I’m doing a press conference just a second. Yes, that’s much better that you got to pull the shirt over it okay.  I think I’ll stick with what I got, hard work, skill and intelligence over ignorance and superstition.  Now the other thing and I do have a concern for Rex this week, I really do.  Especially being around Thanksgiving, I’m worried about him, because if you see that turkey with this stuff hanging down there like that, they may shoot him.  My god he’s just hanging out there.  Really we’re looking forward to this week.  It’s about our players, it’s about Peyton Hillis against Bart Scott, it’s about Eric Barton going up against Nick Mangold, it’s about Matt Roth beating the (heck) out of D’Brickashaw Ferguson and it’s going to be about us and Cleveland taking care of their wide outs and Braylon Edwards.  We’re looking forward to that match up and our guys have been working hard.  We haven’t done all the press conferences and all that stuff, we’ve been working.  We have a great attack, we have a great plan for these guys, our players are motivated, and they’re excited.  If they don’t kill each other first, we’re going to lay it on these Jets.”

(On if the players have taken notice of everything Braylon Edwards has been saying) -- “He’s been a great receiver, he’s very talented just like all the Jets are. They’re extremely talented, but our defense wants to have an identity and they want to have an identity that Cleveland can relate to and that’s smart and tough and we’re going to prove it on Sunday.  Whatever he said about us, or Cleveland, or the coaches, he doesn’t like any of them except Eric (Mangini), that means me (dang), so I’ll hit him on the sideline if he wants to come over.  We’re looking forward to this, this is a great challenge.  This is one of the very talented offenses in football and we can’t wait to hit them.”

(On what the exchange is going to be like after the game between him and Rex) -- “He’ll be very upset.  I don’t know if our guys will tear down the goal posts. I hope not, (heck) it’s just another game.  Last time we tore down the goal posts when I was at Oklahoma State and it was embarrassing but we did beat the (heck) out of Oklahoma that day.  Look we’re best friends, he’s a great person, we love him to death but it doesn’t mean we aren’t going to beat him.  This game here is very important for us.  It’s very important for the Cleveland Browns, I think it’s very important for our whole staff, our new president and everything, it’s a big game.  Every game is big but hopefully they just keep getting bigger each week and that’s what we’re looking forward to doing.”

(On if he is going to give his brother a tissue) -- “You know these Ryans, I don’t know what we are but we are emotional guys so (heck) if we shed a tear, big deal.  I’m sure it won’t be over that. It’d be us beating the (heck) out of them. I won’t cry for him. I’ll be happy for me.  They would be tears of joy for me.”

(On how the run defense has stepped up the last few weeks) -- “Daryl (Ruiter), that’s great that you brought that up but really I never thought either of those teams were committed to running the football.  New Orleans, they had had a lot of runs against Tampa the week before but I never thought there was a lot of commitment there.  New England, they are so well coached and they’ve got a great team but by the end there in the second half we would rather disguise then play the run. That was what our whole mind set at half time is we were going to make them run the football but we weren’t going to leave our disguise.  We thought disguise was more important than stopping a run but with tough guys in there you still have a chance to stop them just by having guys that are tough and get them down on the ground.  That’s pretty much what we did.  I think they had about a nine or 10 yard sweep on us, it looked like we were out of position but we were trying to disguise and confuse (Tom) Brady more than worrying about stopping the little (Danny) Woodhead.”

(On Marcus Benard) -- “I think Marcus has helped us.  I think going forward we need him in there more to rush the passer, I think he’s an excellent pass rusher.  He does have skills to develop as an overall outside backer and I’m sure he’ll be that next season. Not sure exactly what happened yesterday but I know he’s getting tests today and we hope to have him out there on the field on Sunday going up against the high power Jet offense.”

(On which game means more to Eric Mangini, the Patriots or Jets) -- “I’ll say this one because it’s the next one.  That’s really how we operate in football,  it’s this week, it’s this week, it’s this week.  If it gets outside of that then it doesn’t ever work.  We look at it as we’re filling up a tank of gas, and by the end of the week you want that tank full.  If you get distracted or you let things get away from you and that tank comes in half empty or half full however you look at it, and you’re not all the way full than you’re not going to do well on Sunday.  Our whole thing is we’re going to fill that tank up every week and it doesn’t matter who we’re playing.  Emotionally, there are some big things here with Eric being fired there.  All I can say is I remember the first two times I played Arizona.  It is special because you do want to kick the (snot) out of the team that fire you because you tend to take that personally, at least I do.  For Arizona it was worse than Eric, (heck) my whole family got fired there.  We were going to kick the (snot) out of them so we tried to do that even in the preseason.  Danny Clark who plays linebacker for the Saints reminded me of that when we played New Orleans.  He goes, ‘Rob, I think the most intense I have ever seen you is those preseason games against the Cardinals,’ and I’m like well (heck) yes.  I’m sure Eric is feeling that way but I think our guys are responding.  Our guys are having a hell of a week.  We’ve worked hard.  They know this is going to be a physical war out there. (Shoot) it is when these guys 400 pounds hit you in the mouth (heck) that is war.  That’s more than a fight.  We know what we’re in for but we’re going to represent.  I know that stadium will be buzzing for Cleveland and we’re going to get after it.”

(On if they could be able to confuse Mark Sanchez after having success against Drew Brees and Tom Brady in the previous two games) -- “I think every week is a different challenge.  With this outfit, they can run the ball.  They were the number one running ream in football, so you can’t get as elaborate as you would like to.  Some of those teams that aren’t going to run the football no matter what, you can do anything you want.  Line them up any way you want to before they snap the ball.  It’s a different game all together, but I think their quarterback does a good job.  From what I’ve read before and heard from previous conversations is that they give him a green light, a yellow and a red.  I don’t know what that is, hopefully they have some traffic problems this Sunday.  I think there are some things you can take advantage of with a young quarterback, absolutely.”

(On if there is any chance of all of the talk surrounding the game becoming a distraction) -- “Nothing will distract me.  You know me, I’ll work all night long and I have.  I don’t know if it’s a distraction for them, I hope it is, but for me it’s not.  I’ll just work until two in the morning instead of 1:30 or whatever it is.  I know with our defensive staff, and we have an excellent staff, they don’t go home.  It doesn’t matter if somebody is interviewing them or not, we are going to work.  I just speak for our defense because I’m there with them all night long.  We will just work.  If we did a 10 minute interview, we will work an extra 20 minutes.  This week is big for us.   I think my kids are doing well, I don’t know, but I’m going to find out right after this press conference.  Guys we’ve worked hard, we’ve got the best plan, we are excited about this game and we know it’s going to be physical and that’s the way we want to play it.  We are looking forward to it.  We haven’t been in a really physical game in awhile.  I think our guys are guys that relate to this city, that are tough and we are going to prove it.  This team here can get tough with you and you can just see that San Diego game, they bloodied their nose and went to the championship because of it.  These guys will try to run the ball on anybody, they have all of the skill out there to make big plays and the biggest thing is we can’t flinch.  They have got to flinch first and we are going to make them.”

(On the advice he gave to his brother during the playoffs last year) -- “We weren’t in the playoffs and blood is thicker than water, so I did everything I could to help, absolutely.  I was pretty familiar with the opponents they were playing and had played them previously here.  Of course I’m going to share whatever I can.  I can’t go into details about what it was, but I know I helped.  That’s what brothers do.  We want a family reunion, that’s what the Super Bowl is for the Ryans, a family reunion.  We’ve been to seven of them, so we wanted to get back.  Right now Rex is bringing up the rear, he’s only been to one Super Bowl so he has got some work to do.  I was trying to help him.”

(On if he has had to cut back on the amount he talks to his brother this week) -- “I talked to him earlier in the week and that’s it.  We stop on Wednesdays out of respect for the game and the integrity of the league.  We love this league.  We love the players, we love the coaches that are in it, the media here in Cleveland and that’s just how it is.  We understand this game and we understand there’s a lot to be said and the biggest thing is neither one of us want to lose to the other.  We love our players.  Our players are working so hard here in Cleveland, I just want them to win for them.  I don’t care about me.  I want to win for me too, but I want them to win for themselves because they’ve worked so hard.  We are really coming as a team and I think everybody can see it now, it’s not just the beat writers.  I know you guys know where we are heading, but we have got a team here and we are going to play like that on Sunday.  It is going to help us and we are going to win this game.”

(On if his father is coming to the game Sunday) -- “Yes,  he is coming to our practice, he’s staying at our home with Kristin and the kids and he’s going to be up in our seats over there. We are going to make him wear a Cleveland Browns hat.”

(On if he is worried about his father telling some of his secrets to his brother) -- “No.  He loves the game and the biggest thing is he’s going to want to see his two sons do a great job coaching.  It will be obvious for everybody that we are.”

(On if he feels like this team has turned the corner after their last two wins) -- “We are in the middle of that turn and I think we are going to get it.  This win will go a long way for that, we need that.  I looked before last night’s game, there were six teams that were 6-2 and we played five of them and we have played both teams that were 5-3.  That’s a (heck) of a schedule.  When we beat this team here, we will be 4-5 which isn’t a great record, but we have played just about everybody in football except for the Giants, who I guess have got a good team.  We’re anxious about this.  I can’t wait till Sunday, I know our players can’t wait till Sunday and we want to put our best foot out there.  This is a very talented team, not because it’s Hard Knocks and our team wants to beat the (heck) out of this team.  It’s not because of Rex or Jeff Weeks, my one buddy with the spray tan, it’s not about him.  It’s about wherever it is on the schedule.  It’s this coming opponent, this week, one week at a time and them moving on to the next.  You could see it coming because our guys are getting better and are getting more committed to each other.  They’re holding each other accountable, they believe in each other now and I think you can see it.  I think you can see it in the fourth quarter when Peyton Hillis is running that ball, everybody on the sideline is like, ‘We know he is getting it, they know he is getting it and we believe in him.’  He’s going to run it over there and (Eric) Steinbach is going to pull around and knock someone on their (butt) and it’s great to see.  It’s fun to see and Eric (Mangini) has had to stand in front of a lot of people, I want to see him be a hero.  By the time it’s all said and done, him to stand up there and be like, ‘Yes, I told you.’  I believe in it and I think it will happen.”

(On a fight he and his brother had back in 1985) -- “I don’t know how he never got hit in the deal.  If I had to do it all over again, I would have hit him.  The big detail that’s being left out is I had him down early.  I had Rex down early, I got a good shot in there and he had a black eye too.  There are some false reports there, he had a black eye.  The biggest thing there for you kids at home, once you get a guy down early don’t feel sorry for him and let him up.  Apparently they will come back swinging.  It’s a cute story.”

(On why they started fighting) -- “It was just one of those deals, a typical Ryan day.  I can’t go into too many details, maybe over a couple of beers one night.  It’s just something that happens once in awhile.  Usually there’s alcohol involved, he was engaged, I wasn’t and I wanted to be a team player.  I don’t know what happened after that, so I’m going to let that go.”

(On the Browns chances of making the playoffs this season) -- “I’ve always said that I think we are going to end up having the best team, whether it’s this year or next.  The job that Tom Heckert and Mike Holmgren have done has been outstanding.  They’ve given us these players and anybody that gets these players, nobody can screw these guys up.  We are going to get them to play in the same direction and we are going to start winning games.  I don’t know how it is, I don’t have a crystal ball, but you know me.  If I did, I’d say we’d be in them and we’d kick the (snot) out of people.”


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