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Buddy Ryan, former NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 85

Buddy Ryan, former NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 85

Buddy Ryan, who coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches, has died. He was 85. 

His agent, James Solano, said Ryan died Tuesday in Kentucky. He did not give a cause. 

The always outspoken Ryan was a linebackers coach for the 1968 New York Jets and coordinated the groundbreaking 46 defense for the 1985 Chicago Bears, one of the NFL's greatest defenses. He was a head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986-90, and for the Arizona Cardinals in 1994-95, compiling a 55-55-1 overall record. 

A few years ago, Ryan attended a Cowboys-Jets game, traveling to New Jersey despite battling...

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