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Transcript from press conference with Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 26, 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 11-26-10

(On how Matt Roth is coming along) -- “He’s coming along really good.  He battled an illness for a couple weeks where he was real sick so he didn’t have all his strength which is one of his great weapons.  He’s been battling. He’ll be up to full strength this week and he’s had a good week of practice so we’re looking for great things from him.”

(On when Roth is at full strength how would he continue to develop and be an important part of the scheme he runs) -- “He’s outstanding, he brings a temperament with him.  It’s been well documented how he approaches the running game and the success we’ve had in the running game. With (Ahtyba) Rubin, everybody notices Rubin and also Matt to put on your defense that’s a couple of really good tough guys in the defense.  Roth’s doing an excellent job, most teams run away from him.”

(On what Roth’s illness was) -- “I think he was just sick, got a sickness, whatever.”

(On what they have to do to finish better than they have the last few weeks) -- “The last two weeks has been tackling, obviously we’ve got to tackle better.  When we missed the slant on Santonio Holmes, we need to make that play. We need to get him down there.  Their kicker’s already missed three field goals. It’s very important that we do that.  That’s a play that you just can’t get back but it’s something that we’ve got to execute.  We have several people there to make the tackle, we need to make it.  Last week we had a zone coverage we should be okay there for minimal gain but the back is a tremendous back now.  He’s great at cutback. They’re blocking the guy down the field, the first guy on the scene in the coverage is getting blocked down the field six yards so that made things a little more difficult.  We have to tackle. We got enough guys to the football there running to the ball, we got to get them down.  We made the mistake of going for the ball, Sheldon (Brown) went for the ball but didn’t secure the tackle.  Eric King missed him also and T.J. (Ward) went and dove at his feet and he missed.  This guy here, he’s done this to a few teams and it’s unfortunate especially the timing of it, really was a sick feeling.  We have to do better, we’ve got to execute.  It always comes down to the end of the game here in the NFL so we have to respond.  I don’t think we’re making mental mistakes like we were last year at this time.  I know a lot of teams do that at the end of games, it’s not the people that make all these big plays. A lot of times it’s the people that don’t screw up to win the games.  We struggled with that, I thought, last year more so than this year.  I know we’ve got isolated points where if you break it down and say, ‘This play cost us the game,’ when the play occurs early in the fourth quarter or whatever it’s really could cost you the game but when you see one like that last week that definitely that hurts.  We’ve got to produce there at the end of the game.  Again, it’s technique and everything has to be perfect at the end of the game, or you face the consequences like that.  In my opinion we should have been okay there and it’s unfortunate we didn’t get the job done.”

(On if mental errors or physical errors are easier to correct) -- “I think physically our guys play the game all the way through.  I think that’s easier to correct technique wise.  Our guys know how to tackle, we practice tackling more than any other team in the league and that’s documented. We’ve just got to get them on the ground.  I don’t think it’s a thing where our guys get so nervous they can’t play, it’s not like that at all.  It’s just the back made a great play and Santonio Holmes split the coverage.  It’s not a good feeling I can tell you that.”

(On if it is disheartening to having something like what Holmes did happen back to back) -- “That’s tough to deal with and I don’t think it’s so much back to back although you could look at it that way, it’s just the toughest thing was as hard as our guys were playing and as well as our guys were playing to finish on that note really was disappointing.”

(On how bad tackling is seen throughout the league and if there is a difference in technique and if a lot of guys are going for the strip now) -- “That’s a veteran player knowing that (Maurice) Jones-Drew does have a history of fumbling, trying to make the play to win the game.  That’s sometimes what guys will do, but I think our tackling for the most part has been pretty good, it really has.  It’s just the last couple of weeks when you can point out a play that cost you a game or gives them the winning points then obviously it doesn’t look so good.  In my opinion, we practice tackling more than anybody and I think we tackle pretty (darn) well.”

(On what challenges Carolina presents) -- “I know they’re really well coached.  I think they have a great scheme, I think Jeff Davidson does an excellent job and he has a lot of good plays and plays that are difficult to defend.  I think they’ve had more probably execution problems on offense.  They’ve had a lot of injuries, a ton of injuries.  We’ve had a lot of injuries and it looks like so have they.  It’s hard to execute all the time when you have a different lineup in there and different quarterbacks and different linemen and things like that, it makes things difficult.  We really don’t care, we’re ready to play and we can’t wait to win.”

(On if he is anxious to go after a rookie quarterback in Jimmy Clausen who has been struggling) -- “Right now, we want to play a sound game for four quarters, five quarters or whatever it takes nowadays.  We want to execute well.  It just so happens that Carolina is coming into town, but we want to play well and play well for the entire game.  For a stretch there, that was the number one rated quarterback in football that we got six turnovers on, four interceptions and made the guy struggle.  Again, we’ve played several good players and good teams and we’re looking forward to playing this one.  It’s a very well coach team, they have a great receiver in Steve Smith, but we want to play and get our things right.”

(On defending against the deep pass and how important it is to keep receivers like Smith and David Gettis in front of you) -- “I think it’s very important.  I think with Clausen, the best ball he throws is the deep ball.  I think he’s got real nice touch on it and he’s very accurate throwing the deep ball.  The short stuff and all of that, maybe not so great, but his deep ball has been very impressive.  Like you say, those two receivers and really they have got three of them, they all do a real good job.  They’re good players.  I don’t know what their numbers are compared to the rest of the league, but I know they’re very talented.  I know Steve Smith from going against these guys before and he’s the ultimate competitor, he runs all the routes and he’s a great receiver.  We’re looking forward to this game, we really are.  We’re working hard and we want to see the results that we’ve all been wanting to see.  Our team will bounce back from last week and the week before and those are two tough losses, but we will bounce back.”

(On how important it is to get the momentum back that that had a few weeks ago) -- “On the sideline, it felt like we had the momentum.  Again, I’m coaching my guys.  We were talking well, we were communicating well, we understood the plan, we understood the opponent and things were going well.  It just always turn out that way.  It’s very big.  It doesn’t matter who you play, I think we’ve played nine teams with winning records or whatever it is out of 10 games.  When you’re out there on Sunday, it’s just the one opponent.  Whoever it is, we want to win.  We are working our tails off to prepare.  We don’t know if we are favored or not, but we really don’t care.  We just want to win.”

(On what he saw from Brady Quinn when he was in Cleveland) -- “That’s a tough one because I wasn’t in the meeting rooms with Brady.  It looked like he enjoyed playing.  I know we struggled some, but he had his moments here with us and I thought he did okay.  If you’re asking me who I’d take, Peyton Hillis or Brady Quinn, I’d take Peyton Hillis.  I thought the guy was okay, but I don’t really know.”

(On if Jake Delhomme helped the defense with his knowledge on Carolina) -- “Yes, he’s recommended some things that we looked at and we’re definitely doing that.  Just like anything, when you have these guys that used to be in systems, you definitely pick their brain.  If you’re smart, you’ve got to do that.  We do that and we think he has given us some good stuff and we are going to find out.”

(On if it is harder to replace a guy like Scott Fujita than it normally does to replace an injured player) -- “It definitely takes a big chunk out of you because he is our captain, he’s the one who makes all of the calls and is always on the field.  He’s very hard to replace, there’s no question about it, but we do have good veterans right there behind him.  They’ve done a nice job making that as smooth as a process as it could be.  Again, I think this guy was heading to a Pro Bowl and obviously he’s going to be very hard to replace.”

(On what his impressions of Delhomme have been) -- “He’s a leader, everybody follows him, has the ultimate respect for him and he does a great job.  I’m not here to evaluate those guys, I’ve got my hands full doing my job.  We all respect Jake and look forward to him, when he comes back, doing a great job.”

(On if there is any chance Eric Wright could play this week) -- “You’d have to check with Eric (Mangini) and the trainers on that, I’m not sure.  We just go with what we have and if they show up on Sunday, we’ll play them.”

(On how Joe Haden played last game) -- “I think Joe is doing a great job, just like last week I told you. He’s really done a tremendous job for a rookie.  He challenges receivers, he’s physical, he does a lot of things well, he’s got great ball skills, so this guy is exactly what we wanted in the draft.  Moving forward, I think he and T.J. (Ward) are going to be great for a long, long time.”

(On if it is unheard of to have six turnovers on defense and lose) -- “Actually, I’ve had a couple of days like that.  I remember we had six turnovers against Washington when I was in Arizona, and five of them were interceptions when I was the secondary coach.  It’s a good feeling, there’s no question about it, but winning is a better feeling that’s for sure.”

(On if he knows if Fujita is coming along from injury quicker than initially anticipated) -- “I don’t have any awareness of that.  I talked to him about his holiday with his family and everything, but as far as the doctoring and all of that, I have no idea and I’m sure Scott doesn’t either.  I think he’s just doing exactly what he’s told, trying to work his tail off to get back and I sure hope he can come back.  That’d be great.  If he can be half as fast as he usually is, I’d play him.”

(On Ahtyba Rubin backing up the comments he made about him last week with his play against Jacksonville) -- “I’m not supposed to comment on our players, but I believe in Rubin.  It doesn’t matter who he’s going against, I think he’s always going to do well.”


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