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Raiders finally fill def. coord. job

2/11/2004 - Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rob Ryan, who has coached in two of the
last three Super Bowls, was hired Tuesday as the Oakland Raiders'
defensive coordinator.

Ryan has spent the past four seasons as linebackers coach for
the New England Patriots.

Ryan is the third coach added to the Raiders' staff in recent
months. Norv Turner replaced Bill Callahan as head coach on Jan. 26. Joe Avezzano, who worked with Turner in Dallas, was hired as special teams coach last week.

Ryan, 41, is the son of former NFL head coach and legendary defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan. He is a five-year veteran, having worked two seasons in Arizona (1994-95) on his father's staff with the Cardinals, before joining the Patriots in 2000. He also has an extensive college coaching resume.

Last year, Ryan's coaching helped the Patriots allow the fewest
points in the NFL.

Len Pasquarelli, a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com, contributed to this report.