Defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan dies

Buddy Ryan, the crusty architect of the Chicago Bears' famed 46 defense, died Tuesday morning. He was 82 years old. Ryan had dealt with a stroke and cancer "The 85 Bears was the best defense there ever was, and ever will be,” Ryan said in 2011. “They had a great scheme and great players.” Ryan named the 46 in honor of safety Doug Plan, who wore that jersey. Ryan once took a swing at Houston Oilers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
He feuded with the media and Bears coach Mike Ditka, eventually working things out with Ditka.
He allegedly put bounties on Dallas Cowboys players Troy Aikman and Luis Zendejas.
“Learning how to tear down a player with one sentence,” Ryan said years ago “That’s what coaching’s all about."
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Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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