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February 26, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles released veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans on Wednesday in a move that opens $3.5 million in salary cap space but takes one of the most respected players off the roster. "What DeMeco Ryans has done for our organization, the class he brought, day in and day out, I just wish him the best as he goes forward with his career, and really, in life," said Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations. Ryans, 31, has been with the Eagles since 2012.
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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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November 20, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
DeMECO RYANS won't be an All-Pro this year. He won't lead the league in any major categories. If you were to make a list of the most productive players on Bill Davis' defense this season, he'd probably rank outside of the top five. But DeMeco Ryans will be on the field on Sunday, and that alone is an achievement to consider. It was a little over a year ago that Ryans planted on the turf at NRG Stadium after intercepting a pass from Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and felt his Achilles' tendon ripple up through his right calf.
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October 21, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeMeco Ryans was having his best performance of the season Monday night before he left the Eagles' 27-7 win over the Giants in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Ryans did not return in the second half. "I could go back in, but I wasn't going to be all the way 100 [percent]," Ryans said. "We'll see how it goes [this week]. " Ryans, the Eagles' veteran inside linebacker, played a bigger role with Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks out of the lineup. He had an interception and a fumble recovery.
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October 22, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Columnist
THE PLAY that turned the game looked really improbable, like, "How'd he do that?" to the naked eye. Slowing down the replay still didn't make it ordinary. The Eagles trailed, 7-0, and it was about to get worse, Giants' first-and-10 at the Eagles' 23. Giants tight end Larry Donnell, the game-winning-touchdown-catch hero of his team's thrilling victory over the 49ers the previous week, had both strong hands around the Eli Manning pass, and he seemed to have Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans boxed out. Ryans was trying to reach in, over Donnell's left shoulder.
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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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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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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 30, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Mychal Kendricks is one of the few holdovers from last season who retains the same locker stall at the NovaCare Complex. Doug Pederson's arrival meant that players returned to being grouped by position in the locker room rather than at random, as Chip Kelly preferred. It would be understandable, though, if Kendricks had asked to be moved a few stalls down - perhaps to DeMeco Ryans' old spot - to wipe away any reminder of the 2015 season. The linebacker didn't play well last year.
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April 15, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
THE EAGLES' coaching staff was thrilled to discover what it had in Jordan Hicks last season. Hicks, a third-round rookie from Texas, stepped in as a starter in Week 3 and constantly made plays, rarely stepped wrong. He picked up the system effortlessly, showed speed, instincts, toughness. If Hicks was "Simba" to DeMeco Ryans' "Mufasa," as former coach Chip Kelly and Hicks' teammates alleged, Hicks' ability to think in sync with Ryans allowed Ryans to be much more effective running down prey than he was after Hicks went down with a torn pectoral tendon, in the eighth game of the season, at Dallas.
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March 24, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid both talked about Doug Pederson yesterday, and both mentioned how much they like the staff the Eagles' first-year coach has assembled. "We don't change coaches very often, but the transition with Doug has been smooth, outstanding," said Lurie, the Eagles' chairman. "Great communication, high energy. The staff he put together, very excited about. It's important to hire really good coordinators when you're a first-time head coach. That was a big key with Andy, with (special-teams coordinator)
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February 26, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles released veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans on Wednesday in a move that opens $3.5 million in salary cap space but takes one of the most respected players off the roster. "What DeMeco Ryans has done for our organization, the class he brought, day in and day out, I just wish him the best as he goes forward with his career, and really, in life," said Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations. Ryans, 31, has been with the Eagles since 2012.
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February 26, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - There were plenty of good reasons for releasing DeMeco Ryans on Wednesday. You could start with the saving of $3.5 million of cap space that could be better employed elsewhere, then segue to the fact that Ryans missed 11 games the past two seasons, and played hobbled in several others. The emergence of third-round rookie Jordan Hicks as a linebacking leader last season, Simba to Ryans' Mufasa, deserves a prominent spot. And there's the fact that Ryans, an Eagle the past four seasons, turns 32 in July, with a lot of miles on his odometer.
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January 15, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AS COORDINATOR, Billy Davis coached the defense. As a pedigreed inside linebacker, DeMeco Ryans led it. Their performances this season probably ensured they will be coaching and playing elsewhere in 2016. Some of that is their fault. Some is not. They could not control circumstance, and they could not control Chip Kelly. And, so, here is a final, likely futile, defense of Davis and his indefensible defense. Just before his final postgame confession, after the Eagles' playoff chances vanished in a loss to Washington, Davis stood apart from a gaggle of interviewers and muttered, "I hate this bleep.
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January 12, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
DEFENSIVE LINE Grade: C-plus Even though he had to deal with constant double-teams, Fletcher Cox was a disruptive force all season, finishing with a team-high 9 1/2 sacks, 32 hurries and 16 1/2 tackles for losses and receiving an overdue Pro Bowl invitation. With so much attention focused on him, it should've opened up playmaking opportunities for his linemates and linebackers. But nose tackle Bennie Logan, who battled injuries much of the season, wasn't the unstoppable backfield penetrator he was the year before.
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January 6, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
AS THE Eagles struggled through three seasons of their Chip Kelly-dictated 3-4 defense, there was always speculation about whether they'd be better off running a 4-3 setup, as they did for 14 years under Andy Reid. It was useless speculation, because Kelly wanted his offense to work against a single high safety 3-4, the defense he thought was the toughest match for an attack that tried to spread the field from sideline to sideline. Even if Kelly had jettisoned defensive coordinator Bill Davis somewhere along the way, as so many fans urged, Kelly would have burdened Davis' successor with the same system.
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January 6, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Three years ago, the Eagles made a radical change to their defense. They shifted from a 4-3, "wide-nine" defensive front to a 3-4. The next coaching change could bring a similar philosophical shift. The new coach will determine the defensive scheme, but it's something the players must think about entering the offseason. Many of the players on the Eagles defense were brought in by Chip Kelly's staff to play in this scheme. "I think for everybody, it should matter," safety Malcolm Jenkins said.
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December 24, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
SOMEONE NEEDS to shoulder this blame. Just six wins? Gutted by the Cardinals in prime time at home? It's Bill Davis' fault. DeMarco Murray - he's a stiff. Chip Kelly's an arrogant, power-hungry know-it-all. Now, all of those accusations might be fact. It simply is not realistic to expect significant change. Not two years in a row. For any NFL team teetering at mediocrity or just below, Christmastime is, jarringly, the season of projecting rejection and unemployment.
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