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Jan. 26, 1986: Buddy Ryan loves his annihilators

Jan. 26, 1986: Buddy Ryan loves his annihilators

Note: This article originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune on January 27, 1986

Did Buddy Ryan give his defensive crew a farewell speech when he addressed them Saturday night? Ryan told his players, "Regardless of what we do Sunday, you're my heroes." Then he got misty-eyed and left the room.

"I had never seen him like that before," said safety Gary Fencik.

The Bears, though, saw vintage Buddy Ryan defense Sunday, when they destroyed the New England Patriots 46-10. They allowed only 123 total yards and only 12 first downs.

Complete Ryan domination. Enough to finally get him to acknowledge that yes, this is his best defense...

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