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Two years later, Rob Ryan still has ill will toward the Browns

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Rob Ryan was fired, along with the rest of the Browns’ coaching staff, at the end of the 2010 season. He hasn’t forgotten or forgiven.

As Ryan, now the defensive coordinator of the Cowboys, spoke to reporters today about Sunday’s game against the Browns, he acknowledged that his feelings toward the franchise that fired him go beyond just business.

“Any time you pour everything into it and apparently management didn’t see it as good enough, of course it’s personal,” Ryan said of his feelings about the Browns firing him.

Ryan initially told reporters that he hadn’t used any of his own ill will toward the Browns in trying to fire up his players this week.

Honestly, I’m going to say none. Honestly. Honestly,” Ryan said. “Honestly, I’m going to say no. Honestly, I haven’t talked about it. Honestly, I don’t know how that got out there. Honestly, I don’t know.”

But when he was asked if he was really being honest, Ryan acknowledged that he did bring up to his players that he’d love nothing more than to stick it to the Browns.

“I’ve addressed a few things,” Ryan said.

Ryan said he was so dedicated to winning in Cleveland that he moved into the team’s facilities for half a season so that he could do nothing but work, nonstop.

“I slept in them for seven straight weeks when I said, ‘Hey, I’m not going home until we win a game.’ I’ll never say that again,” Ryan said.

Ryan may be bitter, but the Browns went 5-11 in both of his seasons as defensive coordinator, so it’s no surprise that they decided to make a coaching change. And considering that the Browns have been sold and a new regime is taking over the front office, there’s not really anyone left for Ryan to direct his bitterness toward. Perhaps if the Cowboys win on Sunday, Ryan can let it go.

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18 Responses to “Two years later, Rob Ryan still has ill will toward the Browns”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Nov 16, 2012 3:34 PM

    So is he saying that as long as you work real hard then the team’s record doesn’t matter? “Sure … we’re 2-14 again, but everyone really worked hard.” Sell that to the fans.

  2. acerockefellar says: Nov 16, 2012 3:34 PM

    Honestly, id be mad to if i got fired from the worst football team of all time too.

  3. purplengold says: Nov 16, 2012 3:48 PM

    Why preface a statement with the word “honestly”? Is it necessary?

  4. vex24 says: Nov 16, 2012 3:53 PM

    as a Bengal Fan, I really enjoyed Rob Ryan as the Defensive Coordinator in Cleveland…. it was very Sweep.

  5. frenzy95 says: Nov 16, 2012 3:59 PM

    Well there Robbie maybe if you would have game planned every week like the times you did against the Saints, Patriots, and Giants you would still be there. But when you were there the Browns never blitzed, never pressured the QB, never stopped the run.

  6. bigtrav425 says: Nov 16, 2012 3:59 PM

    As a Browns fan…he got a raw deal because he worked some magic here considering our severe lack of talent at the time ( and still to be truthful)

  7. joemammy says: Nov 16, 2012 4:00 PM

    I’m sure that the entire Browns team is shaking in their cleats…

  8. cheddarrob says: Nov 16, 2012 4:05 PM

    So please do tell when the Browns have been good in the past 15-20 seasons. Ill wait. Ryan didn’t destroy the franchise, but even Mile Holmgren couldn’t save it…

  9. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 16, 2012 4:14 PM

    he will fired from cowboys job soon if the secondary and tackling doesn’t improve…

  10. bobhk says: Nov 16, 2012 4:25 PM

    fuglyflorio says:
    Nov 16, 2012 3:34 PM
    So is he saying that as long as you work real hard then the team’s record doesn’t matter? “Sure … we’re 2-14 again, but everyone really worked hard.” Sell that to the fans.
    100% right! Forget the fans, try telling that to *ANY* employer. I worked hard but the job did not get done.

  11. hoops737 says: Nov 16, 2012 4:33 PM

    Honestly, he’s an overrated coach. Dallas has too much talent to be that pourous on Defense

  12. jimiinpa says: Nov 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    somewhere bernie kozar is laughing

  13. oldbloodstegosaurus says: Nov 16, 2012 5:12 PM

    I honestly can not believe how many times the word “honestly” has been used in the article and the comments. I think it has to be well over a dozen, honestly.

  14. j0esixpack says: Nov 16, 2012 5:59 PM

    He seems like a mature, well balanced individual. Head coaching material for sure.

    Perhaps, if the Jets find a need for a new head coach soon he may be a leading candidate.

  15. nfloracle says: Nov 16, 2012 7:26 PM

    Any time somebody says “Honestly” to me, I know they’re about to…

    1) Stretch the truth like a long rubber band
    2) Lie as if there were no tomorrow.


  16. sfm073 says: Nov 16, 2012 8:19 PM

    Honestly I’m over the entire Ryan family.

  17. jerruhjones says: Nov 16, 2012 8:42 PM

    The Ryan family….all legends in their own minds.

  18. bbqmuddbut says: Nov 17, 2012 7:41 AM

    Hey Rob! Shut your face
    -Cowboy Fans

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