April 6, 2013 |
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.
September 2, 2015 |
YESTERDAY WAS officially "hey, don't worry, it's just preseason" day down at the NovaCare Complex. You could see this one coming. Reporters spent Saturday night and Sunday exclaiming over Sam Bradford's perfect evening and the Eagles' 38.3 points per preseason game offensive juggernaut. By yesterday, as the fan base started tuning up its tailgating fleet for Santa Clara and Super Bowl 50, it was time to balance the scales and delve into perceived problems. But the starters began the day with a full two-week gap yawning between them and the season opener, Sept.
September 24, 2012 |
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.
October 5, 2012 |
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.
July 30, 2015 |
Kiko Alonso was nearing the end of an interview after a recent practice when the crew from the Eagles Spanish Radio Network wanted another momento . Me dan un minuto. The new Eagles linebacker, and second-generation Latino, needed only one more minute with the English-speaking reporter - as he said in Spanish - before joining the broadcasters. Since arriving in March, Alonso has been more than accommodating to Eagles Spanish Radio, according to play-by-play man Rickie Ricardo.
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.
October 12, 2014
DeMeco Ryans was listed as questionable for the Eagles' Sunday night game against the New York Giants. The starting inside linebacker was limited at practice for the second day in a row. Ryans said on Thursday that he was hopeful he could play, but that he wasn't going to put the Eagles in a precarious position if he wasn't healthy enough to compete. The Eagles are already short at inside linebacker. Mychal Kendricks was declared out for the fourth straight game with a calf injury.
October 13, 2014 |
Veteran inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is officially questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Giants while fellow inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and running back/kick returner Chris Polk were ruled out. Ryans, who suffered a groin injury in last Sunday's Eagles win, was a limited participant in practice yesterday and Thursday. Neither Kendricks (calf), who hasn't played since Week 2, nor Polk (hamstring) participated in practice all week. The only others officially ruled out were center Jason Kelce (hernia)
October 23, 2014 |
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said Chip Kelly visited him in the hospital after Cruz hurt his knee in the Oct. 12 loss to the Eagles. Kelly said Tuesday he checked on Cruz the next morning and wanted to see whether Cruz needed anything before being transferred to New York. "I just think the way he got injured and you look at what happened, we're all competitors in this game," Kelly said. Ryans on Winston Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans offered guidance to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston last week.