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Rob Ryan: Austin, Bryant are better than Megatron

Posted on: October 1, 2011 2:30 pm
Rob RyanPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Rex Ryan, we all know, is a great trash-talker, but usually, whatever he says has some degree of possibility, some basis in reality. If he says the Jets will win the Super Bowl, you shrug your shoulders and say, “OK, that’s not too outlandish, I suppose.” If he says he’s looking to kick Bill Belichick’s ass, you say, “Well, he’s done it before; maybe he could do it again.”

His brother, Rob Ryan, might be a different story. Since he took over the defensive coordinator position in Dallas, Rob Ryan has become a little more loquacious (well, that’s not necessarily true, but as compared to Cleveland, where he was the defensive coordinator before, more people are listening to him these days).

But when he says the following, it almost defies belief.

When talking about Lions receiver Calvin Johnson -- who will face the Cowboys on Sunday -- Ryan gave the standard remarks about how Johnson is a great receiver. But then he said this:

"We work against better receivers with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant,” Ryan said via the Dallas Morning News. “They are probably two of the premier receivers in football, but this guy is right there. He's almost that good. He's excellent."

OK, so let me get this straight. Calvin Johnson -- who leads the league with six touchdown catches -- is almost as good as Miles Austin and Dez Bryant? Seriously?

According to Ryan, yes, he is being serious.

“I know he's on some touchdown thing like that, whatever,” he said. “[Lions offensive coordinator] Scott Linehan has done this before with great receivers with Randy Moss. If the guy is as good as Randy Moss I'm going to go in there and hide. Thank God he's not, but he's a pretty [expletive] good player."

Man, I’m not sure even Austin and Bryant would say they’re better players than Johnson. Texans receiver Andre Johnson wouldn’t.

"I’m not the best," he said recently. "… There’s a lot of great guys out there, man. I’m a fan of the game. You look at … I’m a big fan of Calvin. Calvin Johnson. Right now, I would probably say he is the best."

I guess we’ll have to wait until this Sunday to see if Megatron compares favorably to Austin and Bryant. I have a feeling he just might.

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Since: Feb 26, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 8:19 pm

Rob Ryan: Austin, Bryant are better than Megatron

He meant Austin and Dez  "together" are better then Johnson.  No other way to interpret it, unless he is taking a que from his brother.  "Say anything, and you'll get your name in the paper".  These cowboys have to start winning the big ones if they want to be even compared to the Johnson's of the game.

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 5:40 pm

Rob Ryan: Austin, Bryant are better than Megatron

hmm... the Lions haven't really played anyone with a good defense so far this season. We will see where they stand against one of the top defenses in the league this sunday. Something tells me they wont be standing .....

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:32 pm

Rob Ryan: Austin, Bryant are better than Megatron

Thats just going to fuel the fire for Megatron to go in and drop 200 yds and 3 tds on that over-rated defense. They have DeMarcus Ware and no one else.

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