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August 20, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE THEMES of this summer's Eagles camp have centered around injuries and rules. Who can practice and, more importantly, who can't. Who can touch who and when and where. A year ago it was all about the breakneck pace of Chip Kelly's offense and how it would most certainly break some bones in the process, especially those who would play on his overtaxed defense. But then the season played out, the breakdown of bodies did not occur, and the themes shifted to Kelly's employ of the mysterious "sports science," which as far as anyone on the outside can discern, is a pseudo phrase for no more tacos.
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September 15, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Throughout the preseason, DeMeco Ryans faced questions and criticism about what appeared to be lackluster performances. A 28-year-old, the two-time Pro Bowler endured accusations that he is past his prime and is in decline. These theories were exacerbated when other linebackers started taking his snaps in practice and a dose of buyer's remorse appeared near. So after last Sunday's 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns, when Ryans was perhaps the Eagles' best player on the field with nine tackles - and three for losses - while playing 60 of the Eagles' 62 defensive snaps, Ryans had his chance to say "I told you so. " He could have smiled and strutted and insisted that he was right all along when he implored that he'll be fine come the regular season.
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September 19, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took until the ninth game last season before an Eagles linebacker recorded a sack. DeMeco Ryans needed all of two games to notch his first sack of the season. Linebackers accounted for only three of the Eagles' 50 sacks last season. The low number had something to do with the defense dialing up fewer blitzes. But with the way Ryans and rookie Mychal Kendricks have covered the field in the first two games, it's safe to assume the linebackers will increase that number this season.
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March 20, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now we know why the Eagles weren't casting lines to Stephen Tulloch or Curtis Lofton. They were fishing for a bigger score. And they pulled him in Tuesday night - Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans - and on first impression the Eagles looked like they bagged a big one. All they had to give up was a fourth-round draft pick and a swap of third-round picks with the Houston Texans to get the 6-foot-1, 250-pound Ryans. On the surface, the acquisition plugs what were gaping holes on the Eagles defense last year.
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December 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Earl Wolff was sitting at his locker at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday afternoon, his back to everyone, his head hanging low, when out of the corner of his eye he saw DeMeco Ryans enter the room. A rookie safety, Wolff is nursing an injured right knee and has missed four of the Eagles' last five games. Though he had practiced Thursday, he still felt so sore that he worried whether he'd be healthy enough to suit up Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, for the game that will determine whether the Eagles reach the playoffs.
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May 24, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
DeMECO RYANS manned the middle of the Eagles' defense for the first time Tuesday, standing in a shaft of light beaming from the heavens that followed Ryans about the NovaCare field, as unicorns frolicked and celestial choirs . . . OK, it really wasn't all that dramatic. Just a guy in short pants and a helmet, wearing jersey No. 59, looking a little bigger than your typical Eagles middle linebacker, at 6-1, 237. Rookie strongside starter Mychal Kendricks stood on one side of Ryans (confirming what had been whispered)
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April 6, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
One year ago, when the Eagles acquired DeMeco Ryans, the narrative from the first day was that Ryans fit better in the Eagles' 4-3 defensive scheme than the 3-4 defense the linebacker played in with the Houston Texans. One year later, the Eagles must change that narrative. Former coach Andy Reid, who cited Ryans' fit in the 4-3, was fired. Chip Kelly arrives with a new defensive scheme that will likely include elements of the 3-4. Ryans appears be one of the players hurt by the coaching change, and the Eagles are due to pay $6.6 million to a defender who might not be as effective - or on the field - as much as he was last season.
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September 24, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like most great leaders, DeMeco Ryans doesn't want credit. He doesn't want bouquets of praise for turning the Eagles defense around. The middle linebacker doesn't believe he's the missing piece to make the wide-nine work. And despite being called "Cap" or "Coach" since high school days, Ryans doesn't think much about why others follow his lead. "There's no magic tricks," Ryans said last week. "For me, I just go out there and be myself and try to do things the right way, so guys if they see me doing it the right way then they'll be more prone to listen to what I'm saying.
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October 5, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The Pittsburgh Steelers won't just be getting a couple of key players back from injury Sunday. They'll be getting their defensive mystique back. People are intimidated by safety Troy Polamalu, despite that cuddly persona he has created for endorsements. People are downright afraid of linebacker James Harrison, who spends too much time in commissioner Roger Goodell's office to do any endorsements. The Steelers have other good defensive players, but Polamalu's ferocity and Harrison's borderline personality disorder are at the heart of the team's success.
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May 1, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
ON MOST DAYS of the year, the following analogy might be too convoluted and abstract to make any sort of sense, but today is the first day of the NFL draft, and the great thing about the NFL draft is that you can say pretty much anything you want about it without fear of sounding nonsensical, because somebody will always sound more nonsensical than you. So . . . A thought experiment: Add Robert Griffin III to last year's Eagles team, but take...
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April 29, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
What they have: If NovaCare sports science is all it's cracked up to be, the Eagles have no needs here, with Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Najee Goode all returning. But every one of those guys suffered a serious injury last season, and somehow, Kendricks' name keeps popping up in trade rumors. Kendricks hardly helped put that speculation to rest by skipping the first optional OTAs. He ended last season as a rising star, probably the Birds' second-best defensive player, behind Fletcher Cox, but at 5-11, 240, Kendricks is yet another Andy Reid-era draftee who probably would not have fit the Chip Kelly regime size criteria, so . . . What they need: Depends on who all stays healthy and whether Kendricks actually gets traded.
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April 1, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
This article has been corrected. An earlier version said the Eagles' seven new players missed an average of 12 games last season. Chip Kelly continues to hand out money to players with extensive injury histories. The Eagles agreed to terms Monday on a one-year contract with wide receiver Miles Austin and extended and restructured linebacker DeMeco Ryans' contract through 2016. The oft-injured Austin has to pass a physical Tuesday before he can sign a deal that is worth $2.3 million and with $700,000 in incentives, an NFL source said.
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April 1, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES gained some cap room yesterday by restructuring and extending inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans' contract through 2016, a move that indicates the return of the team's defensive leader from Achilles' surgery is going well. They also touched off a wave of speculation over the future of the other 2014 starting inside linebacker, Mychal Kendricks. A source close to the situation said Ryans, who was entering the final year of his original deal, will get up to $10.5 million over the next two seasons, with $6.25 million guaranteed.
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March 12, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LeSEAN McCOY insisted last night that he didn't tell Frank Gore not to come to Philadelphia, during a series of phone conversations they had about Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman, formerly of Gore's 49ers. After first joking during an NFL Network interview that he'd told Gore not to sign with the Eagles - Gore backed out of a Birds deal reached during the "legal tampering" period and signed with the Colts yesterday - McCoy said the 49ers' all-time leading rusher "did ask me a lot of questions . . . He asked me about Chip and the offense, and I was honest with him. I told him he'd get the ball a lot and he would love it. Chip is a mastermind - he finds ways to get the ball in space with the running backs . . . I was honest with him, for the most part.
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March 5, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
WE LEARNED last March that Chip Kelly isn't afraid to shake things up when he released DeSean Jackson. We learned it again yesterday when Kelly sent shock waves through EaglesNation by agreeing to trade away his star running back, LeSean McCoy, and moving closer to releasing the second best pass-rusher in franchise history, Trent Cole. The moves, along with the release earlier in the day of cornerback Cary Williams, and last week's exit of veteran right guard Todd Herremans, are largely, but not entirely, salary-cap motivated.
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March 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles added their first free agent of the offseason Monday by signing inside linebacker Brad Jones, a 28-year-old, six-year veteran who was released by the Green Bay Packers last month. Jones, 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, signed a two-year contract and will provide depth at a position that sorely needs it. The Eagles will return starters Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans, although Ryans is coming off his second ruptured Achilles tendon. Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews were the top reserves last season, and Matthews is a pending free agent.
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December 31, 2014
CHIP KELLY said again yesterday how much he likes his coaches, lauded them as good teachers. He said again that he "loves" coaching in the NFL - precisely because of the parity that has sabotaged his efforts to build on his first-year success. "Because," he said, "every single game, no matter who you play, when you play it, where you play it, you have no idea if you're going to win or lose. I think that's a tough deal when you really look at it. But in college, it's not that way. " Which begs a question that has been obscured by all those other questions about the end-of-the season meltdown of his secondary and that epidemic of turnovers, mostly by his two quarterbacks, which he acknowledged yesterday he had never experienced as a head or assistant coach.
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December 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday he would like both LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin to return in 2015 but conceded that there could be tough decisions ahead. "We are going to have a long, full process for this whole thing," Kelly said of roster evaluations. "But do I want LeSean back? Yeah. Do I want Jeremy back? Yeah. Is that the reality? I don't know. . . . What if someone gives us 17 first-round draft picks for LeSean? . . . We'll look at everything. " The two high-profile players face uncertain futures with the team.
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December 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Mychal Kendricks' teammates were asked to give his No. 1 attribute, they talked about his athleticism. When defensive coordinator Bill Davis spoke of the Eagles linebacker, he focused on his versatility. Kendricks' athleticism and versatility are tied together, and help explain the blossoming he's had in his third season. But when asked to explain his improvement, which reached its zenith Sunday against the Seahawks, Kendricks focused on his mental state, which he said has become less anxious.
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