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Rob Ryan states his case

By Marla Published: December 31, 2010

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he expect to get at least one interview to be a head coach, whether or not he's retained by president Mike Holmgren.

Ryan made a case for his defense Friday, coming to his weekly press conference with a one-page list of its accomplishments. He said it was compiled by video assistant Mike O'Connor, who is about to move into the scouting department.

There were a number of stunning nuggets on the page, including:

* Fewest points allowed by a Browns team since 1994 (12.8 ppg, 1st in NFL)

* Red zone ranking of sixth ties for best by a Browns team (also sixth in 2009).

* First in NFL in first-quarter points allowed (26)

* Fifth in NFL in third-quarter points allowed (40).

* Seven takeaways in last two minutes of halves (tied for second in league). Five in last two minutes of first half is tied for first in NFL.

* Playing with only one first-round pick (cornerback Joe Haden), when the league average is five. Four defenses in the last 10 years have had only one first-round pick.

* Playing with 16 undrafted free agents, most in the NFL. Average is less than eight.

Ryan said he wasn't touting his personal resume, but that he wanted his players to get the credit they deserve. But he also seemed to be sending a mesage to Holmgren about Mangini, whose expertise lies on the defensive side.

It may be too little too late to save Mangini and his staff. But the list of accomplishments was impressive and well-delivered by Ryan, the perfect man for such a task.

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