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December 12, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of all the players on defense, Mychal Kendricks had to be the most excited when the Eagles made the switch to a 3-4 scheme. Kendricks played behind an odd-man front in California and said he felt uncomfortable last season playing outside linebacker in a 4-3. At first the Eagles had him lining up on the strong side opposite the tight end, but that just gave the 6-foot, 240-pound rookie one more potential blocker to shed. Realizing the mistake, the Eagles moved Kendricks to the weak side late last season and he improved.
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December 5, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE BIGGEST difference between the Eagles' 2012 defense and this one, the group that hasn't allowed more than 21 points in any of its last eight games, just might be Connor Barwin. It's a little hard to isolate a single factor, when a team changes schemes, coordinators, cornerbacks, and other stuff, but, hey, the Eagles host the Lions on Sunday. Barwin is from the Detroit area, he has an outline of the Motor City skyline tattooed on the inside of his right biceps. Plus, defensive coordinator Bill Davis set the table for us nicely yesterday.
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November 15, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Looking for leadership and production at linebacker, the Eagles acquired DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans in March 2012. There was a dose of skepticism about the deal, even though Ryans had been to two Pro Bowls before he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2010. Contending teams don't often part with all-pros unless there's a reason. The Eagles learned that lesson the hard way in the past. But in his second season with the Eagles, Ryans is validating the Eagles' end of the trade by pushing to make his first Pro Bowl since 2009.
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November 15, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
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.
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November 12, 2013 | By Rob Reischel, For The Inquirer
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.
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November 5, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
OAKLAND - Every time the reconstituted Eagles win big or lose badly, when the afterglow fades, the question must be asked: What is real? Were they as bad as the three offensive points they managed in consecutive losses to the enigmatic Cowboys and the woeful Giants? Can they really be as good as they looked beating Washington in Chip Kelly's NFL debut, or in violating the Raiders yesterday evening, 49-20? Is this offense a seven-touchdown juggernaut or a naught-touchdown sideshow?
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November 5, 2013 | By Ray Hacke, For The Inquirer
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.
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October 22, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a drastic departure, the Eagles defense had to answer questions about picking up the offense after yet another downer at Lincoln Financial Field. While it wasn't enough to stop their inexplicable home skid, or from preventing Dallas from taking over first place in the NFC East, the Eagles defense held its own during Sunday's 17-3 loss to the visiting Cowboys. The Eagles (3-4) have now lost a franchise-record nine consecutive home games, but this one was more the fault of the offense, whose lone score was set up by the defense.
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September 14, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy leaned back in the audience and asked Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans a question. "How does it feel to have LeSean as a teammate?" the running back asked. Ryans walked back to the podium, smiled and said, "He's a good guy. . . . But I'll tell you one thing, I'm glad I don't have to go against him. " For three seasons, McCoy had built that reputation in and around Philadelphia - a good guy and the Eagles player most teams fear. But his off-the-field reputation took a few hits this offseason.
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August 9, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TWO YEARS AGO, the Houston Texans proved that the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense doesn't always have to be accompanied by significant growing pains. After his defense finished 29th in points allowed and 30th in total defense in 2010, Texans coach Gary Kubiak fired his defensive coordinator, Frank Bush, and replaced him with one of the league's top 3-4 maestros, Wade Phillips. Keep in mind, the Texans made this significant scheme switch during the 2011 lockout, which meant Phillips wasn't even able to start putting in his new scheme until the start of training camp.
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