The son of legendary Chicago Bears defensive coach Buddy Ryan, former Jets head coach Rex Ryan shares his father’s defensive innovation.
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The Chicago Bears are reportedly not interested in former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan to become their new head coach or defensive coordinator.
Rex Ryan is the son of former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, who served with the team from 1978 to 1985. In ’85 he created a unique defensive scheme called the 46 Defense, which the Bears famously used to create one of the greatest defenses of all time.
Much like Buddy, Rex Ryan became a defensive mastermind during his time with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. In four seasons as the Ravens defensive coordinator, his defenses always finished in the top six, twice finished in the top two, and were the No. 1 defense in 2006. With the Jets, the team finished as the No. 1 overall defense in 2009.
While the Bears have allegedly been interested in bringing in a head coach with a strong defensive background to restore the team’s tradition of defensive excellence, ProFootballTalk.com reported that sources told them they have no interest in the popular scion of the ’85 Bears architect.
In six years with the New York Jets, Rex Ryan went 46-50 in the regular season and 4-2 in the postseason.