Ryan has high hopes for Browns' D

June, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

 
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  Rob Ryan says he's implementing an 'attacking defense' in Cleveland.

BEREA, Ohio -- The Ryan family knows defense.

It goes back to Buddy Ryan, whose revolutionary 46 scheme led the 1985 Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl. It's transferred down to Buddy's twin sons, Rob and Rex Ryan, who have been very good defensive coordinators in the NFL. Now Rex Ryan is a first-year head coach for the New York Jets.

Meanwhile, Rob Ryan is spending his first season as defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns. He has high hopes for a unit that finished No. 26 in the league last year and collected just 17 sacks in 16 games.

Rob Ryan says he's in Cleveland to change that.

"I know one thing," he said. "What we're going to have here in Cleveland is an attacking defense. It's going to be an exciting defense, and we're going to play great football."

Rob Ryan praised individual players Wednesday such as defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, cornerback Eric Wright and linebackers D'Qwell Jackson and Kamerion Wimbley, all of whom are working with Rob Ryan for the first time.

The Browns' defensive coordinator also said he's going to mix things up. He even hinted that the Browns will use some variations of the 46 defense to create havoc on game days.

Buddy Ryan also is expected to make an appearance in Cleveland this summer, according to his son.

"Right when training camp starts he's going to be here," Rob Ryan said. "He's a Cleveland Browns fan."

So why isn't Buddy Ryan also a Jets fan?

"I don't know," Rob Ryan said with a smile. "Maybe he likes them, too."

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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