Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Beuerlein Disdains Telling 'Buddy Stories'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Beuerlein Disdains Telling 'Buddy Stories'

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Buddy Ryan is still in Phoenix, but he's not forgotten by Steve Beuerlein.

Beuerlein now plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who made the former Arizona Cardinals quarterback the No. 1 pick in the expansion draft Feb. 15.

New team, fresh start. Well, sort of.

Consider Beuerlein's feelings for his former coach.

"I don't think it's worth getting into my feelings about Buddy Ryan," Beuerlein said. "That would do nothing more than bring a smile to his face and give him the attention that he wants."

Consider what Beuerlein had to say about the heralded sideline encounter between Ryan and current Jaguars assistant Kevin Gilbride. Defensive coordinator Ryan once took a swing at offensive coordinator Gilbride when both were assistant coaches in Houston.

"I haven't taken any cheap shots at Kevin," Beuerlein said recently. "I haven't done that yet - thrown any sucker punches or anything like that. Kevin and I get along fine. We made an agreement from Day One that we both could tell a million Buddy stories but that it's not worth wasting breath on."

Gone but not forgotten.

Beuerlein, 30, enters his ninth season in the National Football League and still feels that he has something to prove. He says he won't rehash the past. The bottom line is that he had a good season in '93 - under Joe Bugel - and a rocky one in '94 under Ryan. The Cardinals offense, among the most promising in the NFL two years ago, slipped to the lower echelon last season under Ryan.

Two years ago, he made 14 starts and threw for 3,164 yards and 18 touchdowns. Last season, Beuerlein was benched. He started seven games and threw for 1,545 yards and five touchdowns. He had a knee injury and missed three games.

It was a season Beuerlein would just as soon forget.

"It just wasn't a good situation for me," he said. "It was very disappointing, very frustrating because of the expectations coming into last season.

"But, for whatever reason, it didn't work out. You live and you learn. …

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