The Ryan Brothers Took Over Nashville This Weekend

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The modern day bash bros were at it again this past weekend. Rex and Rob Ryan are known to wreak havoc when they’re together, and they also could drink a town dry. This week’s victim, Nashville for the Stanley Cup. Rob is currently unemployed and it’s not looking like he’ll be catching on as a defensive coordinator anywhere this season after his recent job with the Bills and Saints. Maybe he can join his twin-brother Rex over at ESPN, who signed a deal to appear on Sunday NFL Countdown this upcoming season in April.

On Saturday, the sons of Buddy Ryan (RIP) made their way to the streets of Nashville laced in Preds gear prior to game three between the Predators and Penguins to participate in a long standing tradition of smashing an opponent’s themed car with an oversized hammer. Rex, a Preds season ticket holder, delivered repeated blows to the beaten vehicle before making their way into the Bridgestone Arena to crush some beers and add to an already raucous environment.

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That’s not all folks, the Ryan brothers Nashville tour didn’t slow down Sunday as they got after it in a Margaritaville on the gloomy afternooon. Things looked like they were going smoothly as the Ryan family enjoyed time with their sons, until things took a turn for the worse. Rex and Rob got in an argument with patrons, which resulted in Rob pinning one up against the wall by the Neck and Rex ironically in a Bryce Harper, refusing to be held back by fellow bystanders.

Are you not entertained people? One thing is for damn sure, the Ryan brothers are one of a kind and are as real as it gets. Obviously, as a Jets fan I love Rex Ryan and those years he made me proud to be associated with the Jets organization. I never met Rex but I actually happened to run into Rob in an Indianapolis mall the day after dropping the Jets dropped the AFC Championship game to the Colts in 2010. I followed Rob into an antique store I had no business being in after spotting the massive human from a mile away. The Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator at the time chopped it up for a few minutes with me about what went wrong for the Jets and how pissed off he was about the game. Couldn’t have been a nicer dude.

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The duo just doesn’t care what people think about them. Never change Rex and Rob you’ll always have a fan in me.

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Thank You Buddy Ryan

The Defensive guru died peacefully at his Kentucky Ranch Tuesday (June 28).

The sports world mourns after losing two legends today. In addition to basketball legend Pat Summit, former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan passed away this morning at his Kentucky ranch. The cause has yet to be released, he was 85.

James “Buddy” Ryan was the ultimate defensive guru, coaching in the NFL for 26 seasons with his signature in your face, bully type style. Buddy was an innovator as he created modern day blitz schemes we still see today. Like his sons Rex and Rob, Buddy wasn’t scared to speak his mind and was full of colorful quotes. You could see where his sons get their brash bravado from.

The Korean war veteran’s first NFL gig was as the linebackers coach for the New York Jets in 1968 when Joe Namath shocked the world as we defeated the Colts 16-7 for our only Super Bowl win. A game that Jets fans will always remember.

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After moving on to the Minnesota Viking, coaching the “Purple People Eaters,” he gained his notoriety concocting the 46 Defense for the Chicago Bears. The 46 defense was founded on sending more blitzing players than an offense could block. And in 1984, the Bears tallied 72 sacks, a record that is standing to this day. The ’85 Bears capped their Super Bowl title with seven sacks. He was carried off the field by his defense side by side with head coach Mike Ditka.

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Panthers head coach and former Bear on the ’85 defense, Ron Rivera had kind words for Buddy.

He later went on to be the head coach of the Eagles and Cardinals. Buddy had a record of 55-55-1 in the regular season and 0-3 in the playoffs, all with the Eagles.

I’ve always heard about the influences Buddy has had on today’s defenses. It was great to see him around the team when his son Rex was the coach of the Jets from 2009-2014. I got to see the qualities of Buddy through Rex as a coach. A players favorite that would have guys run through a wall for him. A defensive mastermind with an aggressive blitzing mindset that was relentless. Someone that isn’t scared to speak his mind, and is going to come out and hit you in the mouth. He is going to be missed.

You would see the Rex led Jets hop into the signature 46 defense occasionally throughout the season, for example against the Texans below.

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As Rex Ryan enters his second season as head coach for the Bills, he hired his twin brother Rob as assistant to help run the defense. They both go into it with their backs against the wall, looking to honor their late father.

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Buddy Ryan’s impact will never be forgotten, his spirit lives on through his coaching sons. Thank you for allowing my defense to thrive in Madden with the 46 playbook.

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RIP Buddy.