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Former Bears' DC Buddy Ryan battling cancer

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Former Bears' DC Buddy Ryan battling cancer

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
12:28 p.m.

By Angie Wiatrowski
CSNChicago.com

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.

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TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

Former Bears first-round pick TE Greg Olsen officially signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen previously played with the Bears and Panthers over a 13-year NFL career.

After mutually parting ways with the Panthers, the 34-year-old hoped the Bears, the team that drafted him in 2007, would reach out about signing him once he hit free agency. He told ESPN’s Waddle and Silvy that he wanted to come home to Chicago but wasn't contacated by Bears' management.

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One of the Bears biggest needs this offseason is an upgrade at TE and Olsen’s pass-catching experience along with his working knowledge of the Bears' organization makes him a seemingly ideal fit for the team. Ryan Pace disagreed and the chance for a reunion is gone for good. While his age is showing (he appeared in only 16 games in 2017 and 2018 combined), Olsen is still a stronger receiver than anyone currently on the Bears depth chart.

Interestingly enough, one of Olsen's best moments as a Bear came during Chicago's playoff win against the Seahawks in January 2011 when he scored a touchdown after catching a 58-yard pass from Jay Cutler in the first quarter.  

We will see if Pace regrets not giving Olsen a call. It would be the breakup movie of the season. Too bad the Bears would be playing the part of the groveling ex-boyfriend. Until then, Bears’ fans can imagine a scenario where Pace or head coach Matt Nagy chases after Olsen in the rain (which makes perfect sense, seeing as he’ll be in Seattle), holding a boom box over his head, begging him to return to Soldier Field. That’s the sports rom-com we all deserve in 2020. 

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