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.
December 5, 2014
THE PICK This will be the Eagles' biggest win of the season, if they can pull it off, and I think they can. Seattle, after scuffling a little there for a while, is healthier now, and back to being really, really good. But the Seahawks are 3-3 on the road, 2-2 outside their time zone. And as good as Marshawn Lynch is, the run is what the Eagles' defense does best. Even without DeMeco Ryans, they would much rather you run at them than go deep against Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams all day. I'll be surprised if Seattle churns out a whole bunch of points.
August 29, 2015 |
The Eagles waived injured linebacker Emmanuel Acho with a thumb injury that required surgery, according to a league source. The move was not yet official, but Acho's locker was cleaned out Thursday. Acho, 24, spent parts of the last two seasons with the Eagles. He started two games in 2014 and played 23 percent of the defensive snaps. Acho was in competition for a backup-linebacker job. He even added some outside-linebacker responsibilities to help his chances. The Eagles are expected to keep Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso, and Jordan Hicks.
October 24, 2015 |
DeMarco Murray is no longer answering questions about what's wrong with him in the Eagles' offense. Coming off his first 100-yard rushing game with the Eagles, Murray is now tasked with keeping the production alive. "I finally feel like myself," Murray said Thursday. "Everyone is starting to settle down and get their legs underneath them. " On Sunday night, he'll play against a Carolina run defense that has kept opponents to 3.9 yards per carry, and star linebacker Luke Kuechly has been sidelined for three games.
November 30, 2015 |
The Eagles season hasn't officially concluded, but that doesn't mean conclusions haven't been reached yet. In fact, quite a few have. It wasn't that many seasons ago, as Jeff Lurie fashioned an exit strategy for the Andy Reid era, that the owner dismissed brief late-season success as "fool's gold. " Even if the Eagles somehow show an unexpected pulse in their remaining five games, the 2015 season is a failure on a grand scale. There is no getting away from the fact that Chip Kelly's third season was not just a step back but a repudiation of his entire methodology of team-building.
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.
April 15, 2016 |
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.
September 29, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two weeks ago, it looked like the one and only member of the Eagles' 2015 draft class with any shot to make an impact this season was going to be their first-round pick, wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Cornerback Eric Rowe, their second-round pick, struggled in the preseason and opened the season buried deep on the depth chart. His only action in Weeks 1 and 2 came on special teams. That didn't figure to change. Same with their third-round pick, inside linebacker Jordan Hicks, whose chances of getting many defensive snaps behind Mychal Kendricks, Kiko Alonso and DeMeco Ryans seemed somewhere between slim and none.
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.
October 11, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, and the Eagles' top inside linebacker hopes to play Sunday against the New York Giants. Ryans has a groin injury and missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday. "If I feel like I can help them, whatever percentage I am, I'll be out there," Ryans said. Ryans said he felt "good" at practice and was "able to move around a little bit. " He has not missed a game since arriving in Philadelphia in 2012. Other than a ruptured Achilles tendon that ended his 2010 campaign after six games, Ryans said he has never even been questionable for a game.