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Mangini Makes First Move Hiring Rob Ryan as Defensive Coordinator

New Browns head coach Eric Mangini moved quickly on Wednesday night making his first hire according to, as he is bringing on Rob Ryan as the teams new defensive coordinator. Ryan will replace Mel Tucker, who is rumored to be taking a possible position with the Seahawks.

The 44-year-old Ryan is the son of NFL defensive coaching legend Buddy Ryan. His twin brother, Rex, is defensive coordinator for Baltimore. He just finished his sixth year as Raiders defensive coordinator. In 2007, Ryan coordinated a Raiders defense that produced two players who ranked in the top-10 in the AFC in sacks, ranked third in the NFL in percentage of passes intercepted, eighth in the NFL in pass defense, fifth in the AFC in opponent’s third down efficiency (39 percent) and sixth in the AFC in opponent’s Inside the 20 touchdown percentage.

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One Response to “Mangini Makes First Move Hiring Rob Ryan as Defensive Coordinator”

  1. Dan B says:

    Here is an improvement, going from 26th in the league for defense to the coordinator who was 27th in defense. Good move Eric. I know I sound extremely down on all this, but as a Browns fan as the rest of you are as well, just fed up and would like to hold our heads up high on a high note for once in a long while.

    Show me fans as loyal as we are and who have put up with worse….there are none. We are perpetually the whipping post for the rest of the fans in the league. All we want is a winning season, to beat Pitts and Balt and to be able to go out in public and not have to take a ration of crap from EVERYONE for wearing our Browns colors!

    If I am wrong, I will be the first to admit it and owe Lerner/Mangini/whoever gets hired GM an apology, but right now we the Fans are the ones who deserve one and alot more.

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