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.
September 22, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans was born and raised in Bessemer, Ala., a small industrial town in the center of the state. Its namesake invented a process to mass-produce steel, but it's perhaps best known now as the birthplace of Bo Jackson. When people talk about the child-abuse charges filed in Texas against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, about a culture that could empower a father to strike the inside of his 4-year-old son's legs with a tree branch until they bled, Bessemer is the kind of place they mean, where a boy's roughest justice could come at the hands of a parent.
November 4, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Texans fans were wearing red T-shirts that the team handed out on the way into NRG Stadium, Eagles fans were wearing green, but fans and the players on both teams all agreed on one thing yesterday. Watching Eagles middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans leave on a cart, after suffering what a source said was a season-ending tear of his right Achilles' tendon, was heartrending. "Our thoughts and prayers are with DeMeco right now," said Texans center Chris Myers, who played with Ryans for four of Ryans' six seasons in Houston.
November 12, 2013 |
GREEN BAY, Wis. - With one tiny word, Fletcher Cox may have spoken for everyone inside the Eagles locker room. Cox, the Eagles' mammoth defensive end, had just helped his team cruise past Green Bay, 27-13, Sunday afternoon. He was asked about Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien, the man his team had vanquished. "Who?" Cox said. Who is right. Tolzien entered the game having thrown zero - that's right, zero - NFL passes. Heck, Tolzien had been active just three times in his three-year career, and in each of those, he never put down the clipboard.
November 5, 2013 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - Terrelle Pryor does not like to be called a running quarterback. On Sunday afternoon, however, the Eagles defense made sure that label stuck. The Eagles kept the Oakland QB on the run throughout their 49-20 victory over the Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. They forced the pocket to collapse up front, sending Pryor scrambling to avoid being sacked. They blanketed the Raiders receivers in the secondary, taking away his downfield options and forcing Pryor to do much of Oakland's legwork.
November 11, 2014 |
MUFASA COULD not have been prouder of his pride. Mufasa is, and will forever be, the glorious alias of charismatic inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans. For the past three seasons, as the other 10 players around him faltered or improved or lost their jobs, Ryans was a consistent beacon of maturity, of consistency, of toughness and intelligence; a professional's professional, a leader of the finest cut. Last week in Houston, Ryans ruptured his Achilles' tendon. He did it while making a play - while intercepting a pass, in fact, in the red zone.
November 2, 2014 |
Nolan Carroll's playing time has increased from 16 percent of defensive snaps in the first four games to 38 percent in the last three. There was a combination of factors for the Eagles using the cornerback more in their "dime" defense. With injuries at inside linebacker, coordinator Bill Davis has relied more on lineups with six defensive backs, with Carroll being the sixth. Against recent opponents that often used four-receiver sets, such as the Arizona Cardinals, Davis countered with his dime package.
March 28, 2012 |
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Eagles have room to add another defensive tackle, with free agents Derek Landri and Trevor Laws still unsigned. Mike Patterson, Cullen Jenkins, Antonio Dixon, and Cedric Thornton are under contract, but the Eagles carried five defensive tackles last season. Thornton, an undrafted rookie, could be expendable. The Eagles could be targeting one of a number of attractive defensive tackles in the first round of next month's draft. General manager Howie Roseman agreed that it is a position of strength in the draft.
April 21, 2012 |
When the Eagles traded for DeMeco Ryans, the feeling of relief and excitement among fans was palpable. The team had picked up a name linebacker. Finally. But the big move doesn't necessarily mean the Eagles solved the linebacker problems that were so plain and painful to see last season. Ryans is a two-time Pro Bowler and renowned leader, but after an Achilles tear in 2010 he wasn't the same player in 2011. The Eagles are optimistic about his health and returning him to the 4-3 system in which he excelled, but even if he returns to form, the team might need insurance and definitely needs an upgrade at outside linebacker.
September 8, 2012 |
There's been a merry-go-round at linebacker for the Eagles over the last few seasons, but the team made efforts this offseason to make it stop with the acquisitions of DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. It might start spinning again on Sunday in Cleveland. Kendricks said Thursday after practice that the coaches had each of the Eagles' six linebackers practicing in various alignments in several packages on defense. "I would expect for all of us to be playing because that's what we're game-planning with," said Kendricks, who is expected to start at the strong side.