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Legendary former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan dies




by Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer @philafitz

Buddy Ryan was a countrified, colorful and controversial coach who could design a defense and find the talent to man it as well as anyone in NFL history. But his sneering disdain for what happened on the other side of the ball -- and his clashes with team owner Norman Braman -- led to his downfall in Philadelphia.


He died Tuesday at 82 after a long illness. James Solano, Mr. Ryan’s agent, said he died in Kentucky but did not give a cause. Mr. Ryan lived on a ranch in Shelbyville, Ky.

Retired on his farm, where he raised horses and followed his twin sons’ NFL coaching careers, Mr. Ryan had been confined to a wheelchair since a 2011 stroke.

An assistant who built two Super Bowl-winning defenses – the 1969 Jets and 1985 Bears – Mr. Ryan’s legacy figures to be defined by two numbers – “46” for the quarterback-terrorizing defense of the same name that he created, and 0 for his postseason victory total in seven years as a head coach.


A longtime assistant and defensive coordinator with the Jets, Vikings and Bears, Mr. Ryan got his first head-coaching job with the Eagles in 1986.
He constructed one of his trademark defenses, physical and ferocious, around Reggie White, Jerome Brown and Seth Joyner. And his teams reached the playoffs in his final three Philadelphia seasons. But each time the Eagles were beaten in the first round of the playoffs. Finally, following a home loss to Washington in 1991, Braman fired him.

The reason for that failure, in large part, was the ineffectiveness of a one-dimensional Eagles offense that relied too heavily on the talents of quarterback Randall Cumningham.

Offense was an afterthought for Mr. Ryan, and he made no secret about it. As a Bears coordinator, he developed an animosity toward head coach Mike Ditka. When Chicago routed New England in Super Bowl XX, defensive players carried Mr. Ryan off the field.

In his last job, as a Houston Oilers defensive coordinator, he famously punched his offensive counterpart, Kevin Gilbride, in the face during a nationally televised game.

As an assistant, his teams reached Super Bowls in New York, Minnesota and Chicago. But as a head coach with the Eagles and for two years in Arizona, his overall record was .500, 55-55.
 

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I had a Sgt. that was dying of cancer in the hospital.He was a major,crazy Eagles fan. The family wrote Buddy Ryan a letter and Buddy went to the hospital to visit the dying man. Got to love him for that.
 

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I liked that he supported his players during their strike and simply went through the motions with the replacement players.

Tom Landry, on the other hand, coached like he was coaching in the Super Bowl. Buddy paid him back when it counted.
 

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buddy ball is one of my favorite times to be an eagles fan.
it changed how I viewed football.
while he wasn't the greatest head coach the eagles ever had ,he was the greatest defensive coaches the eagles ever had...and possibly the NFL.

he may have been 0-3 as a head coach , butI always wondered what would have been if he was allowed to finish the job here
 
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