Former Bears' DC Buddy Ryan battling cancer

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Former Bears' DC Buddy Ryan battling cancer

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
12:28 p.m.

By Angie Wiatrowski
CSNChicago.com

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan told the New York Daily News Wednesday that his father, former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Rex was not specific about what type of cancer his father was diagnosed with, only that it is a different form of cancer than the melanoma (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) he has beaten twice.

Its going to take more than this to get rid of him, Rex told the New York Daily News. Thats what he always says. Hes tougher than (s---).

He seemed optimistic Tuesday that his father will battle his way through this latest health scare. Hes had other things in his life, Rex said. He overcame encephalitis. Hes overcome cancer twice. Hes tough.

Buddy's coaching career spanned three decades, but he is mostly known as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator between 1978-1985, before a five-year stint as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Buddy is still the only assistant coach ever carried off the field by his players after a Super Bowl. This being with the Bears following the 1985 season.

BearsTalk Podcast: The three best defensive choices for Bears' first-round pick

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BearsTalk Podcast: The three best defensive choices for Bears' first-round pick

CSN's Chris Boden is joined by Bears Insider John "Moon" Mullin and J.J. Stankevitz on the latest BearsTalk Podcast.

The guys discuss the depth and flexibility the Bears have given themselves through free agency without a big-name spalsh. They also talk about reports of the Bears meeting with quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Finally, the crew gives their thoughts on who the Bears should pick with the third overall selection in the upcoming draft and where Jay Cutler will land.

Take a listen:

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State DL Malik McDowell

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State DL Malik McDowell

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State

6'6" | 295 lbs.

2016 stats:

34 tackles, 7 TFL, 1.5 sacks

Projection:

First round

Scouting Report:

"Has similar physical traits and abilities of Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, but may not share their football character. McDowell lacked production along the interior and could benefit from a move to a defensive end spot in a 4-3 or 3-4 front. McDowell is raw, but when he flashes, it can be blinding. McDowell is an explosive, ascending prospect with All-Pro potential if he grows into his body and takes the necessary coaching." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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