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Old 11-14-2013   #1
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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.

"This is the level I was playing at," Ryans said. "It's fun being back at that level, being able to make plays."

Ryans, 29, is not especially boastful. His claim echoes what has been said elsewhere in the organization, from the locker room to the coaching staff to the front office. Ryans ranks fourth in the NFL with 89 tackles and is second in solo tackles with 71. He also has two sacks and two interceptions, and is a major reason that the Eagles have held opponents to an average 16.25 points in the last four games.

"DeMeco is the leader of our defense and he's having an outstanding Pro Bowl year and we couldn't be happier with everything DeMeco is doing for us," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "Between tackle to tackle, he is a force."

Outside linebacker Connor Barwin played with Ryans in Houston during Ryans' last Pro Bowl season and agreed that the veteran has returned to his pre-injury level.

"If not even better," Barwin said.

Ryans was a leader in the Texans locker room. After returning from the injury, he played second fiddle to Brian Cushing in the Texans' new 3-4 defense in 2011. He was not believed to be an ideal fit for their scheme - the Eagles even said Ryans was better for a 4-3 defense when they acquired him.

When the Texans traded him, "everybody was shocked, everybody questioned it, and nobody really understood it," Barwin said.
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Better MLB than Cushing, IMO. He was under-appreciated when he was here.
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That's great for DeMeco. He's a stand up dude. I'm glad for him.
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DeMeco may be the best leader I've ever seen on a defense and I was sad to see him go. But as far as the Texans were concerned he's better suited as a 4-3 MLB when healthy, and I'd say his PFF ratings bear that out. It's nice to see him healthy and contributing. Will be interesting to see if Philly pays him ~$7 million next year.

ILBs for defenses that can't get off the field (or whose offenses post lots of 3 & outs/turnovers) are at the top of the tackles rankings because they're taking more defensive snaps. DeMeco leads the NFL in ILB defensive snaps(note: Eagles bye week is 11/24). Eagles are second worst in yards allowed with 417 yards*/game, ahead of only Dallas after the Cowboys allowed 623 & 625 yards in 2 of last 3 games.


*2012 Saints hold record for most yards at 440/game
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DeMeco may be the best leader I've ever seen on a defense and I was sad to see him go. But as far as the Texans were concerned he's better suited as a 4-3 MLB when healthy, and I'd say his PFF ratings bear that out. It's nice to see him healthy and contributing. Will be interesting to see if Philly pays him ~$7 million next year.

ILBs for defenses that can't get off the field (or whose offenses post lots of 3 & outs/turnovers) are at the top of the tackles rankings because they're taking more defensive snaps. DeMeco leads the NFL in ILB defensive snaps(note: Eagles bye week is 11/24). Eagles are second worst in yards allowed with 417 yards*/game, ahead of only Dallas after the Cowboys allowed 623 & 625 yards in 2 of last 3 games.


*2012 Saints hold record for most yards at 440/game
Was about to post something similar.

Demeco would have been a nice player to have on a cheaper contract, but he's not worth that money. Unfortunately, Cushing has never played Andrew luck in the nfl so it kind of leaves a big hole at mlb for two years running. And who knows what injuries he'll suffer in the future.
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Better MLB than Cushing, IMO. He was under-appreciated when he was here.
No he wasn`t. I actually think there wasn`t one poster on here that didn`t like him. When he was traded it was becuase of Cushings DPOY worthy play and salary cap reasons - not because of his play. Sure it regressed a little back then, but he was still an impact player.

I am glad he is doing well in Philly and wish him only the best. Probably my favorite ex Texans player out there.
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The first thing I said when the Eagles got Ryans was this trade was made for locker room leadership that was badly needed since Dawkins left. You can see that taking effect this year. Ryans is adjusting the sets, Davis the DC calls him his coach on the field. You can see the young ones respect him. Even players like McCoy and Jackson talk with him on the field. This goes all the way down the line to the kicker and special teams guys and from what I hear to the one who don't dress for the game.

There are not many of these type guys in the league. You find a place for them and keep them no matter the cost.

As a life long Eagle fan I can not thank you enough of sending him here.
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The Texans went 2-14 in 2005 and were fortunate to draft guys like Mario Williams first overall and DeMeco Ryans first overall in round two in the 2006 NFL Draft. I was sad to see both players go but we may soon be in a similar position entering the 2014 NFL Draft. It's time to look ahead and focus on adding a couple of new franchise players. We need to refuel our talent level especially on defense. J.J. Watt can't do it all by himself. We need two, three, four, maybe five All Pros around him.
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