August 5, 2014 |
BILL DAVIS is optimistic that his defense will be better this season. His players feel the same way. But improvement usually comes with change, and many wonder whether the Eagles have made enough changes to the defense in the offseason to bring improvement. While they added much-needed depth in the secondary and spent their first-round pick in the draft on a talented but raw pass rusher, in all likelihood 10 of the 11 defensive starters who will take the field at the Linc for the Sept.
October 21, 2005 |
Paul Posluszny, a Penn State junior linebacker, has been named a semifinalist for the 21st Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker. Posluszny, a 6-foot-2, 234-pounder, made a career-high 22 stops in the Lions' 34-29 win at Northwestern on Sept. 24. The other semifinalists are: Chad Greenway, Iowa; Aaron Harris, Texas; Spencer Havner, UCLA; A.J. Hawk, Ohio State; D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland; Tim McGarigle, Northwestern; A.J. Nicholson, Florida State; DeMeco Ryans, Alabama; and Ernie Sims, Florida State.
November 12, 2012
2 Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and quarterback Tony Romo failed to connect on just two pass attempts. On 10 tries, the combo completed eight passes for 47 yards. 6 The Eagles got six first downs thanks to Cowboys penalties. 29 Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant averaged 29 yards per catch on three catches for 87 yards. 3:56 The Cowboys had the ball for just 3 minutes, 56 seconds in the fourth quarter. Still, the Eagles managed just six points.
April 21, 2012
DEMECO RYANS - A two-time Pro Bowler, Ryans was acquired to be the answer to the question that has long loomed over middle linebacker. He has the pedigree, but has to bounce back from a down season in 2011. JAMAR CHANEY - After a fast start as a rookie, Chaney had a rocky 2011, starting at the strong side and then moving to the middle early in the season. He struggled at times, and will have to move back outside with Ryans in town. BRIAN ROLLE - Rolle was probably the team's most effective linebacker last season, and showed impressive power for his size.
October 26, 2012 |
HE'S CALLED "Matty Ice" as a compliment, a nod to his ability to shake off some of the worst starts and circumstances the quarterback position can experience and play the last few minutes as if someone pressed restart. Nineteen times in his four-plus seasons, Matt Ryan has driven the Atlanta Falcons to victory in the waning minutes of a game, including three straight occurrences leading into Sunday's game against the Eagles. Just perfect. A defense coming off two fourth-quarter meltdowns, a defense that just saw its coordinator fired, that will have Todd Bowles talking into DeMeco Ryans' ears for the first time this Sunday, will have its first test against a guy whose fourth quarters make Eli Manning seem like a hack.
November 27, 2012
Up-Down Drill Nick Foles In a season full of disappointment, the latest has been back-to-back uninspiring performances from the rookie quarterback. Any evaluation on Foles' future has to come with the caveat of playing behind a rotten line. But he has not looked like the answer to the Eagles' quarterback problem. Bryce Brown Given the opportunity to log more carries, Brown was amazing and, well, not amazing. The running back set a franchise record for rushing yards in a game by a rookie, but he also fumbled twice.
March 23, 2012
An entry by Les Bowen on the Daily News' Eagles blog, Eagletarian, at www.eagletarian.com FORMER EAGLES and Houston Texans defensive end N.D. Kalu has a sports radio talk show in Houston now, on KILT. Like many Houstonians, Kalu was surprised by the departure of middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles; unlike most Houstonians, Kalu still pulls passionately for the Birds, so he isn't too grief-stricken. We thought it might be fun to catch up with N.D. and get his impressions not only of Ryans, his friend and former Texans teammate, but of the differences Ryans will encounter between being a Texans focal point and assuming that role here.
August 4, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Not every day is a completely successful day at training camp, not every practice moves DeMeco Ryans closer to where he wants to be with the Eagles, but Thursday was just fine. "It's coming. It's going in the right direction," Ryans said. "And I know because I'm my toughest critic. " Ryans came to the team in an offseason trade to fill what has been a gaping hole at middle linebacker. He brought with him six years of NFL experience, a reputation as a popular team leader, and the standard question marks attached to a veteran who suffered an Achilles tendon injury not that long ago. If he can stay healthy and show enough mobility to remain on the field in passing situations, Ryans is just what the Eagles defense needs - a shot of maturity chased by a pint of attitude.
November 15, 2013 |
DEMECO RYANS believes he's playing as well as he ever played in Houston, when he made the Pro Bowl twice. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said this week that Ryans is having an "outstanding, Pro Bowl year. " "This is the level I was playing at. It's fun to be back at that level, being able to make plays," Ryans, the Birds' middle linebacker, said yesterday. There is one guy in the Eagles' locker room who ought to be able to verify those claims. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin was a rookie with the Texans in 2009, the last time Ryans made the Pro Bowl, before he suffered a 2010 Achilles' tendon tear that cast a shadow over his career.
August 5, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans played 96 percent of the Eagles' defensive snaps last year. The only reason the linebacker didn't play 99 percent was because the Eagles had blown out the Raiders and Bears and the reserves played in garbage time. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis had talked about limiting Ryans' snaps midway through the season, but except for the few times when the Eagles went with their "dime" package, it never quite happened. It should happen this season. The Eagles have more depth for substitution packages, particularly with cornerback Nolan Carroll as the likely sixth defensive back in the dime defense.