Former NFL Coach Buddy Ryan Dies at Age 82

June 28, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan has died at the age of 82.
According to ESPN.com, Ryan's agent, James Solano, confirmed Tuesday that the creator of the 1985 Chicago Bears' famed 46 defense had died.
Ryan was the father of Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan and Bills assistant head coach Rob Ryan. The Bills released a statement on Ryan's influence on their official website:
Terry and Kim Pegula and the Buffalo Bills organization want to express their deepest sympathies and condolences to Rex, Rob and the entire Ryan family on the passing of their dad, Buddy Ryan. Buddy was a legend in our league in so many ways. His defenses were innovative and he was a master at putting his talented and tough players in a position to succeed. He was a real game changer and much of his philosophies and defensive tactics are still utilized effectively by teams today. Buddy's influence will be carried on by defensive coaches for generations to come, but none more s...

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