Wednesday, March 23, 2011
By Angie Wiatrowski
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan told the New York Daily News Wednesday that his father, former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Rex was not specific about what type of cancer his father was diagnosed with, only that it is a different form of cancer than the melanoma (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) he has beaten twice.
Its going to take more than this to get rid of him, Rex told the New York Daily News. Thats what he always says. Hes tougher than (s---).
He seemed optimistic Tuesday that his father will battle his way through this latest health scare. Hes had other things in his life, Rex said. He overcame encephalitis. Hes overcome cancer twice. Hes tough.
Buddy's coaching career spanned three decades, but he is mostly known as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator between 1978-1985, before a five-year stint as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Buddy is still the only assistant coach ever carried off the field by his players after a Super Bowl. This being with the Bears following the 1985 season.
JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00).
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
NFL.com recently ranked all of the league's head coaches, because the football season may end but creating content never will.
The top tier consists of all the usual suspects ... except for the guy that literally won the league's award for best coach last season.
Matt Nagy came in at 14 on this list, and not even the highest-ranked NFC North coach. The reasoning is a tad suspect; here's what they had to say:
Matt Nagy more than delivered in his first year as the Bears' head coach, taking Chicago to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season. What's interesting about Nagy is that his side of the ball is offense, and prior to getting hired by the Bears, he was known for his work with quarterbacks in Kansas City. Yet, it was Vic Fangio's defense that did most of the heavy lifting to get Chicago to the playoffs. A head coach does much more than run one side of the ball, though. In fact, some of them don't do that at all. They run the office, in some respects. Nagy clearly set a tone in the building, so to speak, which should not be taken lightly. Nor should Nagy's work with Mitch Trubisky, who showed improvement from Year 1 to Year 2. Why is Reich ahead of Rivera but not Nagy? Well, Nagy has yet to achieve postseason success and had stronger personnel than Reich did in 2018.
Is this fair? Probably not! But is this important? Definitely not! Still - give your incumbent COY some more love, NFL. Club Dub! Yelling boom! The visors!