Carolina Looking to Speak to Cleveland Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan

The Panthers are looking wide and far for their next head coach, and one guy they have asked permission to talk to is Browns defensive coordinator Roby Ryan.

The 48-year-old Ryan is the son of legendary defensive coach Buddy Ryan and the brother of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan. He has 13 years of assistant coaching experience in the NFL, with stints in Arizona (on his father’s staff) along with New England, Oakland and Cleveland.

He is by far the most colorful of the four candidates that have been made public, which include defensive coordinators Ron Rivera, Perry Fewell, and Greg Manusky. No offensive-minded coaching candidates have been mentioned in the discussion.

Ryan makes the fourth identified candidate the Panthers have targeted, including defensive coordinators Ron Rivera, Perry Fewell and Greg Manusky.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson held a news conference Tuesday, where he said he’s entrusted general manager Marty Hurney with finding a new coach who will be “compatible to the organization.”

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