Eric Mangini Picks Rob Ryan to Run the Defense in Cleveland

Earlier today, MDS informed us that the Cleveland Browns are prepared to nameEric Mangini their new head coach, replacing Romeo Crennel. This comes just two days after reports surfaced that Mangini, who had not yet been named the Browns head coach, was already beginning to assemble his staff.

Well, tonight,'s Adam Schefter is reporting that Mangini -- who still hasn't officially been named the Browns head coach -- has named Rob Ryanas his defensive coordinator. Ryan had been the Raiders defensive coordinator since the 2004 season, and was apparently a favorite of owner Al Davis. During Ryan's tenure with the Raiders, their defense ranked 27th, 22nd, 3rd, 27th, and 30th, while he also had a less-than-stellar working relationship with former head coach Lane Kiffin.

He was also responsible for one of the best quotes of the season, when he informed the Oakland media that this is the "National F[reaking] Football League."

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