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November 26, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY cautioned reporters yesterday not to "write [Emmanuel] Acho off as dead yet," and sure enough, much like the fellow who resisted being heaved upon the cartful of bodies in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," there stood Acho in the locker room after practice, talking about playing Thursday at Dallas. "Tough to tell. I think I'll be able to, but again, people recover differently," said Acho, who has been splitting the middle-linebacking job with Casey Matthews since DeMeco Ryans went down with a season-ending Achilles' tear Nov. 2 at Houston.
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November 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Casey Matthews arrived at Lehigh University for the Eagles' 2011 training camp atop the depth chart at middle linebacker. A rookie fourth-round pick who entered the league during the NFL's work stoppage, Matthews did not yet know the defense, his teammates, or his coaches. Amid a frenzied free-agent signing period that produced the ill-fated "Dream Team," the Eagles chose the untested rookie to man the middle of their defense. The experiment lasted three games before Matthews was demoted.
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November 11, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The first thing Emmanuel Acho did, after he learned that DeMeco Ryans had ruptured an Achilles tendon last Sunday, was to assess what the injury meant for Emmanuel Acho. This was not at all a selfish thing for him to do. It was natural and practical and essential. Since the start of the 2013 season, Ryans had played more than 1,700 snaps for the Eagles as one of their starting middle linebackers and as the man who best represented the defense's beating heart. Over the same period, according to the scouting and statistical firm Pro Football Focus, Acho has played 157 defensive snaps.
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November 11, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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November 10, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
PRACTICE HAD been long and chilly, but still some worked remained. Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins stood in the hallway outside of the Eagles' locker room next to inside linebacker Emmanuel Acho. The pair discussed pre-snap alignments dependent upon the offensive formations that the Carolina Panthers routinely show. Jenkins, still in his cleats, uniform, shoulder pads and gloves, gestured with his hands - this player goes here, then pursues the play at this angle; if the alignment shifts, we shift here.
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November 8, 2014
Todd Herremans is the longest-tenured Eagles player and he wants it to remain that way. Unfortunately for the veteran guard, there is nothing else he can do this season to improve his odds of returning for an 11th season. Herremans was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday and will undergo surgery to correct a torn biceps in his left arm on Friday. He gave playing through the injury a valiant try. Herremans blocked for a little more than two quarters on Sunday against the Texans.
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November 8, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles prepared for DeMeco Ryans' return to Houston last week, defensive coordinator Bill Davis extolled the value of his captain by explaining how vital Ryans was to the scheme. Beyond his production and leadership, Ryans' responsibilities allowed Davis' defense to run. "Without DeMeco," Davis said then, "I don't know if we can do as much. " Ryans is now out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, and Davis goes forward without him. The responsibility to fill the void falls on Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho.
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November 7, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BILL DAVIS thinks he can figure out how to get signals called, runners tackled and short passes into the middle covered without DeMeco Ryans. But Davis knows there's something he can't fix with subs and schemes. "You don't replace leadership. You just don't. Leadership is something that is earned over time. DeMeco has got a lot of pelts on the wall, and he's earned it," the Eagles' defensive coordinator said yesterday, as the team began preparations for Monday night's game with Carolina.
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November 6, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho will split the inside-linebacker responsibilities that were held by DeMeco Ryans, according to defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Ryans is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Eagles will use Matthews and Acho similar to the way they did when Mychal Kendricks was absent for four games. "The neat part of our inside 'backers, really within the scheme, is they're kind of interchangeable," Davis said. "We'll have Acho and Casey handling first- and second-down duties at the DeMeco spot instead of the Mychal spot.
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November 6, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
IT'S HARD TO DO a meaningful midseason report card on a team that just lost its starting quarterback and its defensive leader. The main purpose of these evaluations isn't so much to recap what happened, but to assess where the team is going, to take its temperature at the midpoint. We were getting ready to do that, going into Game 8, and then the Eagles bit through the thermometer. Nevertheless, here are some ideas on where the NFC East leaders stand halfway through 2014: Stuff that is way better than we'd dared to hope when the season began: * Special teams.
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