Collision Course: 46 D Alums Ryan and Fisher To Face Off Sunday


Published: September 25, 2009

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... and Tennessee Titans to feast off of, the obvious being New York coming off the ecstasy of walloping the New England Patriots 16-9 last weekend to improve the Badfellas (Jets) to 2-0 on the year.

Meanwhile, the Titans were just two or three plays away from being 2-0 and not 0-2. Tennessee's two losses to Pittsburgh and Houston were by a combined six points, making it quite clear that Tennessee has to win this weekend against the feisty Jets, if it wants to get its season back on track.

Yet, there are other story lines that are worth following, one of which has to do with the two coaches. Both Rex Ryan and Jeff Fisher hail from Buddy Ryan's famed 46 defense. Fisher used to play under the elder Ryan, when he was a safety for the Chicago Bears in 1985, the year the Bears went 15-1 en route to Super Bowl XX triumph.

Rex, was there as well, much younger, just out of college, watching his father create one of the most ferocious monsters in NFL history; a monster th...

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