Honoring Bears Defensive Mastermind Buddy Ryan

Buddy Ryan
Defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan is held aloft by members of his defense including Otis Wilson #55, Richard Dent #95, and Dave Duerson #22, of the Chicago Bears, during Super Bowl XX on January 26, 1986 against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Bears beat the Patriots, 46-10. (Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

NFL defensive genius Buddy Ryan passed away yesterday at the age of 85. Coaching for 26 seasons, Ryan is best known for his “46 defense,” which helped the 1985 Chicago Bears win Super Bowl XX. To honor Ryan’s memory, watch a clip from ESPN’s “30 for 30” on the coach and his greatest season below. (For more on the “46 defense” from the NFL, click here.) Also, read the Chicago Tribune‘s list of Ryan’s most memorable moments and quotes.


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