The gift that keeps giving: Buddy Ryan’s playbook

Check out this gem from the early pages of Ryan’s playbook (linked to in the prior post):

  • Jeremy R Tolbert

    Love this

  • Dr. Clarkus

    Awesome.  Buddy also used this on the sideline towards offensive coordinators.

  • Felix

    Yeah I read this to one of my co-workers in my office, we both thought that was classic

  • Anon

    I suppose that’s why when the Redskins played Buddy Ryan’s Eagles it was the only game of the year where it looked like the Redskins were aiming more for injuries than for the ball.  Considering how the other NFC east teams were about as aggressive against the Eagles, it may have been this very policy that kept them from being healthy enough to get a superbowl win

  • Tom von Schwerdtner

    The link to the previous post is missing a ‘:’

  • Cheslow

    Thats why he and his son are crappy head coaches, and why Rob will be a crappy head coach too if he ever gets his shot.  They have the talent of a commissioned officer, but the mentality of an enlisted man.  

  • Jimmy Mac

    It’s no wonder the 85 Bears imploded; absolute hatred within the team.

  • 31 Wedge

    Deacon Jones.   If it can be sustained it would make  dynasty.   The 85 Bears were probably the best ever defense.   Fencik in others in the secondary had to be super to make it work.   And the other teams must have figured out how to counter.   Rodgers and Brady could probably counter effectively.   Still, it is my favorite defense and I feel it is not used enough.

  • Hemlock

    Thug; that’s all he was, still is, and for that matter, ever will be. 

  • Anonymous

    while you have to appreciate the ‘legacy’ of Buddy Ryan and the heavy influence he has had on defense since the very early 80’s (not discrediting any of that), but as they say, “hope in one hand and shit in the other…see which one fills up sooner”.  All that badass rhetoric doesn’t do much from a player development standpoint.

    Sure, you need to develop swag and confidence in your players but it doesn’t usually amount to much if they don’t have the requisite skills (though I’m not saying Ryan wasn’t emphasizing any of that).  The 46 is pretty effective as long as you’re existing in a 2-back environment.

    I couldn’t find it on youtube, but there was a mini-documentary a few seasons ago essentially reflecting on Buddy’s life (may have been because Rex was in the limelight in his first year at the Jets or something) and it was Buddy somberly admitting he really had no personal relationships as a lonely old man.  While his 85ers revere him, it was kind of sad how  he was portrayed in his Kentucky retirement.  

  • Anon

    Very similar to some other ‘old school’ head coaches who had little out of football relationships with players. I’m thinking of Lombardi, who while coaching all those great teams, and earning the lifelong respect of all those players – still had little contact with them outside of the game.

  • Mr.Murder

    The 46 is basically a double okie front. The sweetest connection avavilable in that playbook contains the phrase”wrong-arm” on the run fits on an unblocked end to either side. That is beauty of the front, if you hold your gap and handle your keys there is nowhere to run and the defense can devote all the time it needs and requires to coverage fits.

    The weakness of the 46 is in covering the third target to either side. A lot of communication goes to the third receiver. The end must help if that player is a back going  across the formation(“over the top”) and switches(zebra) or indy cover calls(you or me) let the backers trade with the strong safety(also a backer for where they start him on depth).

    Line up three targets to one side along the scrimmage line and they have trouble. Tight end and h back with a wide player outside of it, or trips, or slot with an end or h back and suddenly they lose a lot of flexibility in coverage.

    The adjustment that I liked most of all is where you had an item about an adjustment to keep consistency in run/pass keys and assignment football. They used the strong safety (on the ball inside of) an end who lines up two yards outside the end man. “Jayhawk” adjustment for one back teams. Allows for an easy key, tackle takes safety you know it’s a run. They cannot Jayhawk vs. trips, but the safety adjusts with motion to shadow an h back and that where its strength lies.

    At lower levels of the game there is not as much difference between linemen and safeties(120 pd end in HS comes to mind). Wonder if they ever reached that strong safety and roughed ‘em up? Put a big 6’7″ 320 pounds onto a coverage position. Think perhaps Duerson’s injury after ’85 and Ryan’s departure (Tobin ran the assignment sound base 4-3) saw the scheme leave the Bears.

  • enlisted

    Either you were never in the military or you are an academy grad. So either you are an idiot or that’s how you viewed your people, making you a bad officer.

    senior enlisted. with a masters degree and successful business on the side.
    Apologies if u were being sarcastic.
    if not go f ur self u pompous PoS

  • Aadfasdf

    Yes, let’s hear it for Buddy Ryan and all the success he had a Head Coach. Oh wait, he never won anything as a head Coach. My bad.