March 22, 2012 |
Omar Gaither, Stewart Bradley, Joe Mays, Akeem Jordan, Chris Gocong, Will Witherspoon, Jamar Chaney, Casey Matthews, Jeremiah Trotter 3.0 . . . DeMeco Ryans? Have the Eagles finally found, after five seasons of impostors, their savior at middle linebacker? After the Eagles bagged Ryans in a trade with the Houston Texans on Tuesday, reaction from the team's fans has been overwhelmingly positive. Much of the excitement has to do with Ryans, of course. But underneath it all has been the blue-collar city's desperation for a savior at the most blue-collar of positions.
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 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.
August 2, 2013 |
DeMeco Ryans said he did not think Riley Cooper's racial slur, caught on video and posted online Wednesday, would rip apart an Eagles team that includes several new players, many of them African American. "I don't think it will fracture the team," the linebacker said. Most of the players who spoke after Cooper addressed the team and apologized at the NovaCare Complex had been teammates of the wide receiver for the last three seasons. "Most of the ones that know me, which excludes the rookies coming in, they know the kind of person I am," said Cooper, who was fined by the team.
May 29, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans will turn 30 in July, and he is coming off a season in which he played more regular-season snaps than any defensive player in the NFL. After enduring questions last spring about whether he could be a three-down linebacker in the Eagles' 3-4 defense, Ryans now entertains questions about whether he's on the field too much. Ryans played 1,157 snaps last season - 96 percent of the Eagles' defensive plays. Pro Football Focus, which includes penalties and kneel-downs, determined that he played more snaps than any defensive player in the NFL. But Ryans said he feels healthy and is not going to volunteer to take breathers in 2014.
September 17, 2012 |
Mychal Kendricks said he didn't know what Ray Rice looked like without his helmet on. It almost ruined the joke. Still, when the Eagles linebacker realized that the picture stuck to the bicep of one of his Eagles teammates was Rice - along with Kendricks name scrawled by it - the rookie got the message. "It was kind of like they were calling me out," Kendricks said of his teammates. "Like, 'Look, this is who you're going to have to go against.' " Kendricks said he laughed at the bit, which occurred Saturday night at the Airport Marriott as the Eagles held their final meetings before Sunday's game.
October 2, 2012 |
MICHAEL VICK was pretty calm for a man who had just salvaged his reputation on national television. But then, this 19-17 victory over the New York Giants was the game Vick told us all week he was going to play - decisive, strong and turnover-free. "I take pride in protecting the ball and I always have," Vick said in a Lincoln Financial Field corridor after the Eagles' latest great escape. "I know the reasons why I turned the ball over," with six interceptions and three fumbles the first 3 weeks.
January 4, 2007 |
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young overwhelmed one of the strongest rookie classes in NFL history to win the Associated Press offensive rookie of the year award, the news agency announced. Young, who led the University of Texas to the 2005 national championship and was the third overall pick in last April's draft, received 23 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and sports broadcasters. That easily beat New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville running back Maurice Drew, who had nine votes apiece; San Diego tackle Marcus McNeill (6)
October 12, 2012 |
IF OFFENSES want to pull in their horns to keep from giving up sacks, as has happened the past few weeks, the Eagles' defense can deal with that. But not being able to generate turnovers is a problem that must be fixed, several Birds defenders said Wednesday. "You just have to be focused on getting the ball out, when the ball is up in the air," middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "We've got to find a way to come down with those things. " The Eagles have created one turnover the past three games - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's end-zone interception of Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the game before last.
September 7, 2012 |
OFFENSE 1. MICHAEL VICK'S HEALTH AND MINDSET: Yeah, you've heard all you need to hear about this over the last 6 months or so, but that's because it's the most important factor in determining the Eagles' success level. Guarantee me a 16-game, healthy Vick who gambles less, cuts last season's 14 picks in half, I will guarantee you a playoff berth. Period. 2. KING DUNLAP: The Week 1 starting left tackle has started two games there in his Eagles career. In intermittent work at various spots over the past three seasons, the King has shown a troubling tendency to get dinged, taking him out of contention for an expanded role.