Panthers' search sticking with defense

In keeping with their theme of looking for a new coach with a defensive background, the Carolina Panthers have added Rob Ryan to their pool of candidates.

Ryan, the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns this past season, interviewed for the job today, according to Michael Smith of ESPN. Ryan’s status with the Browns remains unknown after the team fired coach Eric Mangini on Monday.

The Panthers have three other defensive coordinators on their radar: San Diego’s Ron Rivera, the New York Giants’ Perry Fewell and the San Francisco 49ers’ Greg Manusky. No coaches with an offensive background have been identified as candidates to this point.

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