Friday, October 9, 2009

Ryan spices up game

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan turned up the heat for the game against the Bills Sunday in Buffalo when he blasted Bills quarterback Trent Edwards by saying "That isn't Carson Palmer by any stretch" during a press conference Friday.

Palmer is the Bengals quarterback who last week beat the Browns with a fourth-down touchdown pass at the end of regulation and then with a fourth-down run of 15 yards in overtime. The long run set up a 31-yard field goal by Shayne Graham. Ryan, without flat out saying it, said the kick was no good. Five days after the fact, it hardly matters.

Ripping the opposing quarterback two days before the game is unprecedented. Given a chance to back off, Ryan dug in when asked if he meant Edwards isn't as good as Palmer.

"Absolutely. He's not even close," Ryan said.

Ryan was the Raiders defensive coordinator last year. The Raiders lost to the Bills, 24-23. Edwards had some unkind things to say about the Raiders, as Ryan recalled. Ryan decided to throw the first stone on Friday.It will be interesting to see who gets the last laugh.


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