Rob Ryan’s done some impressive work this season as defensive coordinator in New Orleans, but if he can stop the Panthers three times this year, it will be quite the trick.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday he made sure to call his brother before facing the Panthers Sunday, since Rob’s team held them in check so well last week. The Saints held the Panthers to 13 points, with a late cosmetic touchdown covering the fact the Panthers managed a pair of short-range field goals the rest of the day.
“Oh yeah without question I’ve already talked to him,” Rex said on a conference call, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. “Our defenses are two different defenses, he has his own style, so do we. But again, without question I’ve already talked to him about the things he picked up. Just anything you would do against any opponent, but in particular he just played them this past week so I definitely already talked to him.”
The Panthers also struggled with Rob’s Cowboys defense last year in a 19-14 Dallas win.
Of course, Panthers coach Ron Rivera could return the favor, and he wouldn’t exactly need the friends and family plan to figure out how to slow the Jets’ offense.