Buddy Ryan, one of the best defensive coordinator and legend coach, has died at the age of 85 on Tuesday morning.
Ryan designed the Bears’ feared 46 defense of the 1980s and helped them win the Super Bowl XX. He also served as the architect of the New York Jets defense and the head coach of the Eagles and Cardinals. During the time as the coach of Jets, Ryan helped Jets win the only Super Bowl in franchise history.
“Buddy Ryan was arguably one of the greatest defensive masterminds in NFL history and forever left his mark on the Eagles organization and the city of Philadelphia,” Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said.
“Buddy Ryan was the architect of the greatest defense our league has seen,” Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said. “He was brilliant when it came to the X’s and O’s of the game, but what made him special was his ability to create an unwavering confidence in the players he coached.”
Ryan has three sonsJim and twins, Rex and Rob. Both Rex and Rob got the Super Bowl rings when they served as the assistant coach. Now, they are working for the Buffalo Bills, where Ryan began his coaching career.