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The Bear's Den, Buddy Ryan Memorial Edition, June 28, 2016

With the passing of the great Buddy Ryan, mastermind of the greatest defense in the history of the NFL, many people have expressed their thoughts and memories of Buddy.

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Mike Ditka: '85 Bears wouldn't be '85 Bears without Buddy Ryan - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears coach Mike Ditka spoke to WGN-TV June 28, 2016, about former defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan and his contribution to the 1985 Bears' Super Bowl win. Ryan died at the age of 82.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera among NFL coaches, players to mourn passing of Buddy Ryan - ESPNCarolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was among many current and former players to react to the passing of longtime NFL coach Buddy Ryan.

NFL community mourns passing of Buddy Ryan - - Legendary former NFL coach Buddy Ryan passed away Tuesday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. The NFL community offered its condolences via social media.

Florio: Bills call Buddy Ryan "a legend in our league in so many ways" - ProFootballTalk - His coaching career began in Buffalo, with the local university. Although Buddy Ryan never worked for the local AFL-then-NFL team, the Bills and Buddy have a strong connection, for obvious reasons: His son, Rex, is the head coach and Buddy's other son, Rob, has arrived this year to work with his brother...

Biggs: Buddy Ryan a beloved teacher to Dan Hampton, Mike Singletary, others - Chicago Tribune - Behind Buddy Ryan, the Bears allowed 10 points in the 1985 playoffs following the 1985 season, obliterating everyone in their path en route to winning Super Bowl XX.

Rosenbloom: Buddy Ryan, from the mouths of the players - Chicago TribuneKen's Note: YES, it's ROSENBLOOM, I get that... but this one is worth reading. The players who provided some of the greatest stories and memories for Chicago told me some of their stories and memories of Buddy Ryan.

Buddy being Buddy: Memorable Buddy Ryan quotes and incidents - Chicago Tribune - Buddy Ryan, the architect of the 1985 Bears defense who died Tuesday at 82, was loved by many of his players. But not all. He was never afraid to make enemies.

Thompson: CSN, ESPN to re-air tributes to Buddy Ryan - Chicago Tribune - At 11 p.m. Tuesday, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will re-air "Bears Classics: The 46," an exploration of Ryan's revolutionary defense of the same name.

Sherman, Jan. 27, 1986: Buddy Ryan loves his annihilators - Chicago Tribune - The Bears, though, saw vintage Buddy Ryan defense Sunday, when they destroyed the New England Patriots 46-10. They allowed only 123 total yards and only 12 first downs.

Rosenbloom: July 3, 2005, Out Loud with Buddy Ryan - Chicago Tribune - The defensive coordinator doesn't get defensive with Our Guy and his questions.

Photos: Buddy Ryan through the years - Chicago Tribune - Photos of the legendary defensive architect for the Bears.

Mullen: Buddy Ryan changed the NFL game forever – and more than once - CSN Chicago - In the end, Buddy Ryan belonged to more than just the Chicago Bears. He belonged to the NFL, which was changed forever by him.

Rozner: Buddy Ryan legacy much more than a number - - Buddy Ryan's legacy reaches beyond the Chicago Bears, the NFL and the vaunted 46 defense.

Mullen: Buddy Ryan's unique path to Bears and the letter that kept him in Chicago to build Super Bowl defense - CSN Chicago - Former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan took a unique path to become one of the most legendary coaches in NFL history.

Former Bears LB Mike Singletary on special relationship with Buddy Ryan - CSN Chicago - Mike Singletary describes the moment he realized his relationship with Buddy Ryan changed forever.

Buddy Ryan in 2011: 'You can't be a phony' in Chicago, Philadelphia - CSN Chicago - Former Bears defensive coordinator and Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan explained in 2011 how he just tried to be himself in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Torres: Mike Ditka credits Buddy Ryan for the 1985 Bears' Super Bowl win - FOX Sports Chicago - Yes, they butted heads in Chicago. But Ditka gave Ryan the ultimate praise on Tuesday.

Dan Hampton: 'There will never be anyone like Buddy Ryan' - Chicago Sun-Times - Buddy was tougher than boot leather.

Doug Plank: Buddy Ryan's innovation, simplicity made the 46 work - Chicago Sun-Times - "Buddy simplified things. I give him so much credit for that," Plank said. "He gave us something that was so intricate and he made it so simple."

Perez: Buddy Ryan’s emotional letter to the 1985 Chicago Bears - Bears Wire - Buddy Ryan sent an emotional letter to the 1981 and 1985 Chicago Bears' teams. It was shared on Twitter today.

Mayer: Players urged Halas to keep Ryan - - When the Bears were in the process of hiring a head coach in 1982, players wrote a letter to owner George Halas imploring him to retain Buddy Ryan as defensive coordinator.

Mayer: Plank discusses origin of '46' defense - - During an appearance on Bears Roundtable last season, former safety Doug Plank explains why defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan-who passed away Tuesday-named the '46' defense after him.

Hub Arkush: Beloved by his players, Buddy Ryan leaves a lasting legacy - Pro Football Weekly - Former Bears defensive mastermind was brilliant and also arrogant, but had devotion of his players

Newton: Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera Buddy Ryan a 'tremendous teacher' - Carolina Panthers Blog- ESPN - Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who played for Buddy Ryan with the Bears, gives a lot of credit for his success to his former defensive coordinator.

Isaacson: Rough around the edges, Buddy Ryan had the love and respect of former players - ESPN - From his sideline fight with another coach to his attitude toward rookies, Ryan's players knew he had their best interests at heart.

Kapadila: The humor of Buddy Ryan: His 10 greatest quotes - ESPN - Part of what endeared Buddy Ryan to fans during his career was his way with words and disregard for how those words would be received by outsiders.

Cimini: With Buddy-like bravado, Rex Ryan loved to boast about his father - ESPNRex Ryan's confidence and swagger was a trait he shared with father Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at age 82.

Jim Kelly: 'Everybody knew' battle loomed with Buddy Ryan's defenses - ESPN - Jim Kelly recalled playing against a Buddy Ryan defense and said that "you knew that you were in for a battle" when you faced him.

Buddy Ryan, Chicago Bears defense in 1985. just how crazy good were they? - ESPN - Buddy Ryan was the mastermind behind the Chicago Bears' dominant defense in 1985. Here's where they rank in NFL history.

Dickerson: Buddy Ryan's defensive legacy looms large over Chicago - ESPN - While Chicago has succesful teams over the years, there's a mystique that still surrounds the '85 Bears defense.

Baffoe: Buddy Ryan Was The Soul Of The ’85 Bears - CBS Chicago - If bombastic personalities like Ditka and McMahon were the sizzle of the 1985 Bears, Ryan and his defense were the steak.

Mike Singletary On Buddy Ryan: ‘Second Coming Of General Patton’ " CBS Chicago - "It was all about character in doing your job and being accountable," Singletary says of Ryan.

Defeo: Buddy Ryan's '85 Bears defense best I've ever seen - Cover32 - NFL coaching legend Buddy Ryan, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82, certainly was brash, cocky and arrogant during his 35-year career. But he was

’85 Bears reflect on Buddy Ryan’s legacy - WGN-TV - In Chicago, Buddy Ryan will always be remembered for concocting the most feared defense in NFL history. But, for the players who witnessed his greatness, Ryan was more than just a coach.

Remembering Buddy Ryan: ‘(The party after the Super Bowl) went on for two or three weeks’ - WGN Radio - 720 AM - In November 2010, WGN Radio’s Greg Jarrett talked with Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan as they celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Chicago Bears and their victory in Super Bowl XX. Ryan died on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at age 82.

Smith: Rex Ryan, 'We take comfort knowing Buddy lives through us' - ProFootballTalk - Hours after the death of Buddy Ryan, Bills coach Rex Ryan has released a statement remembering his legendary father. "On behalf of the entire Ryan family, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their sympathies, prayers and warm thoughts with the passing of my dad," Rex Ryan sai...

Florio: Bears praise Buddy Ryan’s "unwavering confidence" in his players - ProFootballTalk - Legendary Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan has died at the age of 82. The franchise with which he became a household name has praised his work with the team.

Peters: Vikings Send Condolences to Buddy Ryan's Family - - The Vikings are passing along condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family of James David "Buddy" Ryan, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 82. Ryan coached Vikings defensive linemen from 1976-77 on Hall of Fame Head Coach Bud Grant’s staff before becoming Bears defensive coordinator.

Sunderbunch: Defensive Legend Buddy Ryan Dies at 82 - Windy City Gridiron - The creator of the famed '46' defense coached in the NFL for 35 years, developing a reputation for innovation and passion that is seldom matched in any profession.

Former NFL coach, defensive guru Buddy Ryan dies at age 82 - ESPN - Buddy Ryan, who coached in the NFL for 26 seasons and was known for building some of football's top defenses, died Tuesday at age 82.

Buddy Ryan, defensive architect of 1985 Bears, dies at 82 - Chicago Tribune - Buddy Ryan spent 26 seasons as an NFL coach and went to three Super Bowls, but his crowning achievement was as defensive coordinator of the 1985 Bears.

Links: Buddy Ryan Dies At Age 82 - Pro Football Rumors - Former NFL coach and defensive guru James "Buddy" Ryan has died at the age of 82, his agent, James Solano, told’s Conor Orr. The news has since been confirmed by the Eagles.