Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan doesn’t mince words.
It’s part of his charm and why TV camera’s seek him out on game days.
Ryan, who was the Browns’ defensive coordinator under Eric Mangini during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, is doing his best not to hold a grudge after Mangini and the rest of the staff were fired following a second straight 5-11 finish.
In his weekly visit with Dallas reporters on Friday, he admitted that he hasn’t forgotten about being fired by the Browns.
“Anytime you pour everything you have into it and apparently management didn’t see it as it was good enough, of course it’s personal,” Ryan said.
Ryan’s weekly press conferences were the highlight of the week under Mangini for the media but he was as equally entertaining behind the scenes.
“What you see is what you get,” Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “What you guys saw, he was just the exact same behind the cameras and away from people. He was a class act. We loved to play for him. He had an amazing scheme and he’s in a great place right now.”
While some might take offense to some of the vocabulary used by Ryan on a regular basis, he rarely offends players. His personality is why he’s able to get so much from them.
Browns kicker Phil Dawson still considers Ryan to be one of the most respected coaches to come through Cleveland since 1999.
“Towards the end of when coach Mangini was here, [Mangini] would turn the floor over to Rob in the team meetings and he didn’t disappoint,” Dawson said. “He’s definitely a players coach, he’s a great football coach. I look forward to seeing him and he’ll probably have something witty to say to me if he says anything. He may just ignore me completely.
“There was never a dull moment being around him.”
His passion for the game is unquestioned which is why Ryan was miffed that he and the rest off the staff got canned in January of 2011.
“I spent a lot of time in those offices,” Ryan said. “In fact, I slept in them for seven straight weeks when I said, ‘I’m not going home until we win a game.’ I’ll never say that again.”
Ryan, who unlike his brother Rex, has yet to land a head coaching job in the NFL had no designs on replacing Mangini with the Browns.
“I came in with Eric and I was proud to go out with him,” Ryan said. “I don’t think a coach does that, not in my situation. Eric’s a good friend of mine.
“It’s not like they asked me to stay. But they should have. But I would have said no.”
Ryan said that he enjoyed coaching in Cleveland and coaching players like Jackson.
“I love some of those players that are still there,” Ryan said. “I still love some of those guys, but I plan on beating them.”
Ryan isn’t the only former Brown on the Cowboys’ coaching staff.
Secondary coach Jerome Henderson, who coached Browns defensive backs the previous 3 years and linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, who held the same position with the Browns, reunited with Ryan in Dallas.