NFL

Bidwill calls Buddy Ryan one of the NFL’s “most colorful characters”

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Zac Jackson) — Following the death of legendary coach Buddy Ryan, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill called Ryan one of the NFL’s “most colorful characters” in a statement released by the team. Pretty fitting. Ryan was the head coach of the Cardinals in 1994-95, his final job before retiring. Ryan coached for 35 years; he was head coach of…
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Bears praise Buddy Ryan’s “unwavering confidence” in his players

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — 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. “Buddy Ryan was the architect of the greatest defense our league has seen,” Bears chairman George McCaskey said in a statement issued by the team. “He…
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Eagles say Buddy Ryan “forever left his mark” on the team and the city

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — After Bears players carried defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan off the field following Super Bowl XX, he left Chicago for his first NFL head-coaching job, in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, the Eagles remembered the 17th head coach in franchise history. “Buddy Ryan was arguably one of the greatest defensive masterminds in NFL history and forever left his…
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Potential sale process for Broncos stadium naming rights commences

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — With the Sports Authority circling the drain and/or already passing through it, the Broncos will need another naming-rights partner at Mile High Stadium. The biggest question remains how that will actually transpire. Alicia Wallace of the Denver Post reports that the Denver Metropolitan Football Stadium District’s board of directors decided on Monday to begin the process…
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Saints keeping camp in West Virginia following devastating floods

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — If there's any team that can understand the effects of devastating weather, it's the New Orleans Saints. But the franchise that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has no plans of moving its training camp from West Virginia despite the devastating floods the area has been hit with in the past week. Instead, the Saints have vowed to stay and pledged to help victims and families affected...
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Bills call Buddy Ryan “a legend in our league in so many ways”

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — 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. “Terry and Kim…
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Peyton Manning consulted with Pat Summitt when deciding on future

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Pat Summitt didn’t coach football. But according to Peyton Manning, the legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach who died this morning could have, and she helped make a mark on the Volunteers’ football program anyway. During an interview this morning with “The Wake Up Zone” on 104.5 FM in Nashville, Manning said he consulted with Summitt…
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Marcus Mariota fine with handing ball off 40 times “if we win games”

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — After the Titans removed the interim part of head coach Mike Mularkey’s title this offseason, Mularkey said that he hoped to build an “exotic smashmouth” offense and the team acquired running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry and offensive linemen Ben Jones and Jack Conklin to give them players they hope can help implement that physical…
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Buddy Ryan, Combative Defensive Genius, Dies at 82

NY Times: The Fifth Down (RICHARD GOLDSTEIN) — His shifting and blitzing defensive alignments confused and clobbered opposing quarterbacks.
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Former NFL Defensive Coach Buddy Ryan Dies at 82

NY Times: The Fifth Down (REUTERS) — Former National Football League coach Buddy Ryan died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, the league said in a statement. He was 82 years old.
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Buddy Ryan, defensive mastermind, has died at age 82

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — Legendary defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan, 82, has died according to multiple media reports. Ryan won two Super Bowls as a coach and is perhaps best known as the architect of the dominant Chicago Bears' "46" defensive scheme that was revolutionized in the mid-1980s and earned the Bears their last title in Super Bowl XX. Ryan coached 35 years in the NFL — and was head coach of both the...
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Legendary defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan dies at 82

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Buddy Ryan, a longtime coach who built perhaps the greatest defense in NFL history with the 1985 Bears, has died at the age of 82. Beloved by his players and hated by opposing offenses (and sometimes hated even by his own offenses), Ryan masterminded Chicago’s 46 defense that won Super Bowl XX. He later served…
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Tom Cable: J’Marcus Webb can do something cool for Seahawks

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The Seahawks saw tackle Russell Okung and guard J.R. Sweezy depart as free agents this offseason in moves that removed a pair of veterans from a line that didn’t impress too many people in 2015. Their plan to replace them didn’t involve any pricey free agent additions of their own. The Seahawks shopped in a…
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Peyton Manning wishes he could have played for Pat Summitt

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — Back in 2012, when Peyton Manning’s career was hanging in the balance following four neck surgeries and his release from the Indianapolis Colts, he placed a call to an old friend from his college days. We don’t know if it was for advice or reassurance, or just two friends chatting. But it also was a flashpoint in Pat Summit’s life, too. She had just finished her final season in a legendary...
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Tuesday morning one-liners

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — When serving as a Bills assistant gets frustrating, Ed Reed hits golf balls. An attempt to project Dolphins WR Kenny Stills‘ output for the coming season. Patriots WR Julian Edelman will hold a football clinic for women. The Jets will hold six public practices during training camp. LB Zachary Orr is pushing for a starting…
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