Ryan, the Dallas Cowboys' first-year defensive coordinator, eagerly anticipates the challenge of trying to duplicate the success his Cleveland Browns had against Brady and Co. in a stunning 30-14 win for Cleveland in Week 9 of last season.
That doesn't necessarily mean the Browns provided the blueprint for beating Brady. The Cowboys are studying the film from that game, but they can't just expect to confuse Brady by using the same unorthodox looks and dialing up the same exotic blitzes.
But make no mistake, the Cowboys' defense is throwing the proverbial "kitchen sink" into their game plan for Sunday's game.
Defensive end Kenyon Coleman, one of two Dallas defensive starters Ryan recruited from Cleveland, said the Cowboys are "doing way more" from a scheme standpoint than the Browns did last season. Prepare to see plenty of Ryan's most creative packages Sunday afternoon.
"I would say pretty much it's the kitchen sink, to put it lightly," Coleman said of the Cowboys' plans.
"We have to," outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said of getting in Brady's face. "We have to get some pressure on him because the teams that have had success on them have been able to get pressure on him up front."