Many people saw Buddy Ryan as only brash and bombastic, an NFL defensive mastermind who got into a fistfight with a fellow assistant coach on the Houston Oilers sideline and allegedly put an on-field bounty on a couple of Dallas Cowboys.
But there was a completely different, far more sensitive side to Ryan, who died Tuesday at age 85.
Ryan, whose sons Rex and Rob are current NFL coaches, spent the latter years of his life caring for his wife, Joanie, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years until her death in 2013.
“She’s a saint,” Ryan told The Times in a 2005 interview at his horse ranch in Shelbyville,...
Forget about the -1 they just put up against New Orleans. Focus more on the fact that they allowed just 22 points to the most potent offense in football. Also, they face the hapless Colts this week, which is always a nice holiday treat for a fantasy D. Last week: 22 points allowed This week: @Indianapolis