Buddy Ryan, one of the most influential defensive coaches in NFL history and architect of the famed 46 Defense, passed away today at the age of 82.
Ryan, who was on the Jets staff as Defensive Line Coach during their Superbowl III World Championship team, coached for nearly three decades in the NFL. He won another championship with the Chicago Bears as Defensive Coordinator in 1986 where he orchestrated arguably the best defense in NFL history. He also had Head Coaching stints with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals. Ryan retired from coaching in 1995.
Buddy Ryan was also father to former Jets' Head Coach Rex Ryan and journeyman assistant Rob Ryan both now with the Buffalo Bills.
No cause of death was reported but according to Rex in earlier interviews, his father had been battling cancer for the past several years.