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Oh brother, Jets’ Rex Ryan, Saints Rob Ryan sharing notes on Panthers

Rarely do NFL coaches, even the ones who are friends, talk with one another during the season.

But with the New York Jets facing the Carolina Panthers this Sunday, and Carolina coming off a 31-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints, New York coach Rex Ryan has already been in touch with his twin brother, Saints defensive coordinator Rob, about the Panthers. 

“Oh yeah, without question I’ve already talked to him,” Rex Ryan said on a teleconference Wednesday. “Our defenses are two different defenses, he has his own style, so do we. But again, without question I’ve already talked to him about the things he picked up. Just anything you would do against any opponent, but in particular he just played them this past week so I definitely already talked to him.”

Rob Ryan has had great success against Ron Rivera’s Panthers. Rob was the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys last year in Dallas’ 19-14 win. The Panthers have scored three touchdowns in two games against Rob’s defenses in the past two years.

Rivera said he hopes his team corrects mistakes from last week so as to render whatever tips Rob may give Rex useless.

And even though Rivera said last week he watches TV broadcasts of games to pick up tips from analysts, he said he doesn’t spend much time talking to coaches during the season for tips.

“I don’t necessarily take a lot of stock in talking to a lot people throughout the league,” Rivera said. “Whether he has something from his brother, that’s great. I know Rex and Rob, and Rex is going to do what he does. I will tell you that. Rex is his own person. He may have gotten something from his brother but he’s going to call his own game.”

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