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Buddy Ryan will attend first Jets game Sunday

Rex Ryan is like his father in many ways; There is the defensive scheme; the brash quotes to the media; the shapely physique.

One area Rex has quickly distanced himself from Buddy is playoff success.  Ryan’s Jets already have two more playoff victories than Buddy won in seven seasons as a head coach.

After watching all year from the couch, Newsday’s Jim Baumbach writes that the elder Ryan will head to Indianapolis to watch his first Jets game of the season in person.  (Subscription required for link.)   Travel is difficult for the 76-year-old former Eagles and Cardinals coach, but the game is only a three hour drive from his Kentucky home. 

Based on comments from training camp, Buddy isn’t surprised on the Jets’ success. Remarking on the strength of the offensive and defensive lines, Buddy said then, “I think you can near guarantee yourself a Super Bowl if they stay healthy.”  (Sound familiar?)

The presence of a Ryan on the sideline is a good omen for the Jets.  Buddy’s first gig in the NFL was as a linebackers coach with the Jets during the 1968 season.

They pulled off a rather memorable upset to cap that season.

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34 Responses to “Buddy Ryan will attend first Jets game Sunday”
  1. mnmaverick says: Jan 19, 2010 4:12 PM

    Namath, Namath, Namath!

  2. philcommander says: Jan 19, 2010 4:12 PM

    Buddy Ryan was the best coach Philly ever had. For many reasons…one, he taught us to appreciate defense (and we still to this day are defense oriented fans) and two, he made the Eagles the best at something…defense. We could take pride in knowing we had the best defense in football. And three, he was fun…lots of fun.

  3. txtroutslayer says: Jan 19, 2010 4:13 PM

    Overrated tub of guts is all buddy Ryan is.

  4. Quagmire says: Jan 19, 2010 4:15 PM

    Rex is definatly better at coaching than Buddy.
    All that defensive talent & Buddy has zero point zero playoff wins.

  5. BigBlueDeadHead says: Jan 19, 2010 4:18 PM

    Is “travel difficult for the 76-year-old former Eagles and Cardinals coach” because he is 76 yrs old, or because he’s larger than a jumbo jet?

  6. stevemcguigan says: Jan 19, 2010 4:19 PM

    Man, that Ryan defense had to have been one of the best in history.

  7. NittAndy says: Jan 19, 2010 4:28 PM

    You’ve got a winner in town.

  8. Levito says: Jan 19, 2010 4:28 PM

    The best thing Buddy Ryan ever did was punch Kevin Gilbride.

  9. Nobe says: Jan 19, 2010 4:32 PM

    Rex is a better coach than Buddy. Buddy allowed the Eagles defense to smother Randall Cunningham and the offense during practice, figuring that if he got anything at all from the offense, the defense would hold the other team’s points total low enough to win.
    Rex has an offensive plan. Plus, he’s never punched Kevin Gilbride, even though many Giants fans probably wish he would.

  10. gazretired says: Jan 19, 2010 4:35 PM

    All that hot air on the Jets sideline will be enough to lift off a balloon. I hope both Ryans are on it, headed into space.

  11. TrueFan says: Jan 19, 2010 4:35 PM

    It strikes me that the difference between these two is that Rex actually cares about people.
    He has the same BRASH sense of humor, but you can tell he’s kidding.
    Buddy talked trash but really treated his people and his offensive players like Trash.
    That was the knock on him. He ran practices as if all that counted was defense and made his QB a tackling dummy.
    He did not have the personality to be a leader really.
    Rex seems to have found the balance between the brash talk and really actually connecting to and caring about his players. Which is why he has been successful.
    Do you think they’d be here if he treated Sanchez like a tackling dummy, and pretended the offense did not even matter?
    I don’t.

  12. drbob1117 says: Jan 19, 2010 4:36 PM

    philcommamder: I loved Buddy, and his place in Eagles history, including bringing pride back to a franchise that had slipped badly in the first part of the 80′s will be remembered forever. I loved the way the team played defense, and had owner Norman Braman not been a creep that undermined Buddy’s every move they may have won a Super Bowl. That said, he is not the best coach the Eagles have ever had. Much as it it’ll be tough for everyone reading this to hear, the best coach they ever had is Andy Reid, by a significant margin. Most wins, most playoff wins, pretty much first in every Eagles coaching category.

  13. packfan4ever says: Jan 19, 2010 4:37 PM

    the buddy jinx. looks like the jets season is over sunday night now.

  14. last starfighter says: Jan 19, 2010 4:40 PM

    Hopefully rex and buddy get into a fist-fight on the sideline. That would be sweet, and par for the course.

  15. Sasquash says: Jan 19, 2010 4:40 PM

    Rex may be a better overall coach but Buddy knows defense better then anyone I’ve ever seen. He could have won a SB if he cared about offense. Them Philly defenses he had were sick. I would say the defense he had in 90 or 91 was up there with the Bears of 85 or the Ravens when they won it all. Problem was they had a horrible O-Line and not many weapons for Cunningham to work with. I love Buddy

  16. Steelersfantasy says: Jan 19, 2010 4:45 PM

    txtroutslayer,
    what a yutz

  17. peskys_pole says: Jan 19, 2010 4:49 PM

    hope Lucas Field is constructed on some solid bedrock

  18. ampats says: Jan 19, 2010 4:51 PM

    Brian Shottenheimer better watch out if Buddy doesn’t like his play calling. Just ask Kevin Gilbride.

  19. Hovenaut says: Jan 19, 2010 5:01 PM

    Hear Buddy’s own body bag these days is big-top sized. C’mon on out, pop.

  20. hotep999 says: Jan 19, 2010 5:07 PM

    I like Rex, he coaches from the gut, which FULL of experience!

  21. ar1888 says: Jan 19, 2010 5:09 PM

    Go Colts!

  22. tombrookshire says: Jan 19, 2010 5:14 PM

    What kept Buddy out of the SB was that he had no time nor respect for offense. It’s one thing to keep the other team from scoring, but you must score points yourself to win. Rich Kotite was the OC of his teams, which explains a lot in itself. Had they paid even a little attention to the offense, they could have had a Ravens-style SB win or maybe even more than one. Eagles had the best defense, maybe ever, with White, Brown, Joyner, Allen and co.

  23. superbowl says: Jan 19, 2010 5:14 PM

    good for Buddy. Good for ANY FATHER TO TAKE PRIDE in ANY accomplishments of his children!!
    Nice story

  24. Bigbluefan says: Jan 19, 2010 6:11 PM

    Good for Buddy Rex will need his mommy and his daddy after Payton Schools his fat ass
    The only Painter this week is the guy doing the logo on the turf
    That other painter is doing a porch in Indy
    The Cycle has started last year the Steelers this year the colts next year the giants
    And so it is written and so it is told

  25. tacious says: Jan 19, 2010 7:22 PM

    @ drbob1117
    No offense, but it really doesn’t matter who’s the better head coach between the 2 of them… neither has won a SB as a head coach!

  26. tacious says: Jan 19, 2010 7:26 PM

    @ Bigbluefan
    Is someone a bitter little Giants fan?
    Go cry yourself to sleep on your giant blue pillow; pussy!

  27. Whiterhino says: Jan 19, 2010 7:28 PM

    # Bigbluefan says: January 19, 2010 6:11 PM
    Good for Buddy Rex will need his mommy and his daddy after Payton Schools his fat ass
    The only Painter this week is the guy doing the logo on the turf
    That other painter is doing a porch in Indy
    The Cycle has started last year the Steelers this year the colts next year the giants
    And so it is written and so it is told
    —————-
    Seriously? Trolling a Jets thread?
    You want to be Vox Veritas so badly, but the only part you’ve gotten right is the part where you’re also a pathetic virgin.

  28. Smokey says: Jan 19, 2010 7:33 PM

    Yeah the Giants look real close to a Superbowl dumbass. And it’s Peyton but hell you probably can’t spell Eli either.

  29. Tebow's a Douche says: Jan 19, 2010 8:01 PM

    The Jets stink. They’ll choke.

  30. FumbleNuts says: Jan 19, 2010 8:45 PM

    JETS will be very hard to beat. But….. This is Peyton Manning’s year to kick ass.

  31. drbob1117 says: Jan 19, 2010 8:45 PM

    @tacious: true enough, true enough. Last Eagles coach with a title is Buck Shaw.

  32. MasterShake says: Jan 19, 2010 11:33 PM

    Does he get a seatbelt extension in cars as well as airplanes? Did he get two seat tickets?
    I’m talking about Rex going to see his players in the Probowl of course.

  33. Adam says: Jan 20, 2010 3:18 AM

    Ooh bring Namath to the game too…might be able to jinx the Colts!
    Im too young to know much bout Buddy Ryan except he punched Kevin Gilbride haha. Gonna be cool to see them on the sideline or whatever.

  34. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 20, 2010 10:46 AM

    “Buddy Ryan was the best coach Philly ever had. For many reasons…one, he taught us to appreciate defense (and we still to this day are defense oriented fans) and two, he made the Eagles the best at something…defense.”
    I must have missed the year that the 0-3gles had the best defense in the NFL during the Buddy Ryan years.
    “I would say the defense he had in 90 or 91 was up there with the Bears of 85 or the Ravens when they won it all.”
    Seriously? The 0-3gles defense was 17th of 28 in 1990 and Buddy got fired.
    “You want to be Vox Veritas so badly”
    whiterhino/ocelot138/jackal138, do you ever post anything that doesn’t mention me? Do you have dreams about me? When you are eating your Alphabits in the morning, do you imagine the letters arranging themselves to spell “VOX OWNS YOUR SOUL”? Because you should.
    P.S. A virgin joke, really? Your sister knows I’m not a virgin hahaha

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