- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 21, 2007

1:00 p.m.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan admits he was “a little shocked” the San Diego Chargers passed him over in their search for a new head coach.

“Sure I’m disappointed,” Ryan told the Baltimore Sun. “But I would be disappointed if the Ravens made a Super Bowl run and I wasn’t a part of it. We have some unfinished business here.”

Former Washington Redskins coach Norv Turner was given a four-year contract Monday to take over the Chargers, who went an NFL-best 14-2 before melting down in the playoffs.

The Chargers fired Marty Schottenheimer on Feb. 12 and quickly interviewed Ryan, Turner, 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs.

“Things like that happen,” Ryan said. “I was a little shocked, but I was happy to at least interview with those guys. I really thought I had a great chance at it. But life goes on, and I’m excited about the opportunities we have in Baltimore for next season.”

Ryan, 44, said he knows more “than ever that I am ready for that responsibility.”

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