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NFL defensive guru Buddy Ryan dies at 82

Buddy Ryan, who coached in the NFL for 26 seasons and was known for building some of football's top defenses, died Tuesday at age 82.

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Remembering the 1985 Bears

Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at the age of 82, was the coordinator of one of the best defenses in NFL history.

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Fisher played on Buddy Ryan's legendary 1985 Bears defense (and basically served as an assistant after he was hurt). Fisher began his coaching career under Ryan in Philadelphia. Later, Ryan moved from Oilers coordinator to Cardinals head coach in 1994, the same year Fisher landed in Houston as coordinator. Fisher became interim coach later that year when Jack Pardee was fired. I started covering the team in 1996 and remember players talking about it taking a good while to get beyond the offense-defense split Pardee allowed and Ryan really fueled. You don't see that sort of in-house rivalry like that anymore and it wasn't very health. But boy was it entertaining.

Ditka: Ryan made 1985 Bears tick

Mike Ditka told Mike & Mike that the 1985 Bears would not have won Super Bowl XX without Buddy Ryan.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

This from Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Twitter on the passing of Buddy Ryan; #RipBuddyRyan thx 4 being my first defensive influence. The #NFL has lost another defensive innovator. #46Defense

Buddy Ryan's defenses played with swagger

Herm Edwards breaks down Ryan's transcendent defenses and the late coach's impact in Philadelphia.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills confirm that former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, the father of Rex and Rob Ryan, passed away early this morning. "Our deepest sympathies go out to Rex, Rob and the entire Ryan family," a team spokesperson said.

Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

The Randall MNF game, the Bounty Bowl, the Revenge Strike Season game, the Body Bag Game...some of the Buddy Ryan memorable Eagles moments.

Buddy Ryan dies at age 82

Ryan, who coached in the NFL for 35 seasons and built some of football's top defenses, died on Tuesday. Super Bowl champ with Bears

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

This has been a tough few months for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team. Three members of that team have passed away since April -- star OT Winston Hill, P Curley Johnson and now DL coach Buddy Ryan.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Sad day continues: Former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died Tuesday, according to his agent James Solano. He was 82.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Former NFL head coach and influential defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died Tuesday, according to his longtime agent James Solano. He was 82.

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