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Eagles get the better of DeMeco Ryans trade

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When the Texans shifted from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense last season, a few hiccups were inevitable.  The biggest of which was the neutering of middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

The 2006 NFL defensive rookie of the year had his worst NFL season despite starting every game, and the Texans opted to unload a contract that had been crafted under the presumption that Ryans would personally be much more productive.

G.M. Rick Smith praised Ryans while shipping him to Philadelphia.  “DeMeco Ryans contributed significantly toward helping us build the foundation we hope will bring a world championship to the city of Houston,” Smith said in a statement distributed by the team.  “His professionalism and leadership cannot be over-exaggerated.  This move was mutually beneficial for the Texans immediate and long-term goals, DeMeco’s career, and the Philadelphia Eagles.  We appreciate all the hard work and effort DeMeco invested in our organization and wish him only the best moving forward.  He is a class act.”

And so for a mere fourth-round pick and the flip-flopping of third-round selections, the Eagles get something they badly need:  a middle linebacker for their 4-3 defense.

“DeMeco is a proven Pro Bowl linebacker in this league and we’re excited to be able to plug him into the middle of our defense,” Eagles head coach Andy Reid said in a statement.  “He’s been the signal caller and a leader on a very good Texans defense for the last several years.  He’s a tough, instinctive football player and he’ll be a great fit for our team.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to add a young and productive linebacker in DeMeco Ryans,” added G.M. Howie Roseman. “We’d like to thank Rick Smith and the Texans.  Once we found out that he could be available to us in a trade, we quickly found a way to work together to produce a good outcome for both teams.”

While it may have been a good outcome for the Texans, given that they cleared $5.9 million this year and $6.6 million next year in base salary off the books, it has the potential to be a great outcome for the Eagles.  In 2011, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo could never find a linebacker alignment that consistently worked, in large part because no one could successfully handle the responsibilities of being the “mike.”

DeMeco will be that “mike” for the Eagles, and there’s no reason to think he won’t perform like he did in past years.

While both teams can declare victory on this one, the Eagles likely will see the move directly translate to more victories comes September.

And whether it’s from buying a player low or selling him high, the Eagles once again emerge from a trade with the apparent upper hand.

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79 Responses to “Eagles get the better of DeMeco Ryans trade”
  1. isetheskyonfire says: Mar 20, 2012 9:05 PM

    of course the eagles get the better of the deal my question is what the HELL are the texans gaining by trading him away first you lose mario and now demeco? did the front office get a lil tipsy this off season? xD

  2. 1phd says: Mar 20, 2012 9:07 PM

    Meh, getting your a$$ handed to you on a platter has to be worth something!

  3. talkintrashallday says: Mar 20, 2012 9:08 PM

    THANK GOD CASEY MATTHEWS WILL NOT PLAY ANYMORE!!!

  4. Lou Pickney says: Mar 20, 2012 9:09 PM

    Some players fit a 4-3 much better than a 3-4 (e.g. Jonathan Vilma), while others like Mario Williams can thrive in both. A team shifting from a 4-3 to a 3-4, like Houston did in 2011, usually ends up with at least a few players not fitting properly. And, as the case in this example, shipping those non-fitting players off for pennies on the dollar is part of the challenge involved in the transformation.

  5. aaroncurryisbust says: Mar 20, 2012 9:09 PM

    Isn’t this a bit premature? Ryans could very well continue to be an injury prone liability.

  6. myvickinabox14 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:10 PM

    Welcome to Philly!!

  7. biggestloser79 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:11 PM

    Heck of a player and sure am going to miss watching him play, Eagles getting a great guy

  8. spudowen says: Mar 20, 2012 9:11 PM

    Great deal for the Eagles, fills their biggest need.

  9. sslikma13 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:13 PM

    Wow, Eagles got a steal. Just a fourth and third round for him huh? And if he turns into Patrick Willis Jr. the Texans will kick themselves.

  10. mediocresince2002 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:15 PM

    Having actually WATCHED the Texans last year, ‘Meco was a 2 down ILB that was a bad fit for the 3-4 they run now. He was also a shell of his former self for the first 10 games last year coming off of his achilles injury. Fact is, that he was being overpaid for what he was giving the Texans, to the point that many thought that it was a distinct possibility that we’d end up cutting him to clear up cap space. Instead, we cleared up space for this year and next year, and moved up 12 spots in round 3, and picked up an early 4th rounder. IF he returns to his former pre-injury self, he is a great ILB, either way, the Texans couldn’t afford what he brought anymore, so instead of just cutting him, we got something out of him. I’d call that a win.

  11. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 20, 2012 9:20 PM

    alright eagle compadres.. dont get all flustered.. the fact of the matter is that this is only one of the 3 LBs we needed.. there was not a quality starter on the squad at all..

    I personally believe Andy made this trade simply because he cringed at the thought of drafting an LB in round 1.. now we can go draft that OL that no one has ever heard of..

    + if this is anything like the last trade for an LB,, we will cut him after the season.

  12. bigjdve says: Mar 20, 2012 9:21 PM

    Andy Reid has a real knack for getting high value in trades. This one will be a great pickup for them. I can’t believe the Texans were willing to give this up so easily.

  13. huskersrock1 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:22 PM

    I don’t understand why the Texans did this, he wasn’t getting paided that much.

  14. bennprince says: Mar 20, 2012 9:23 PM

    or he will never fully recover from the torn Achilles in 2010 and the Eagles end up paying him like one of the top LB’s in the game without any of the production. He was really only playing on first down for Houston because he can no longer cover anyone on passing downs and isn’t much of a pass rusher. All he can do on 3rd down is drop back into zone coverage which ironically is how he tore his Achilles in the first place.

    DeMeco is a wonderful dude and was a very good player before his injury. Unfortunately football players seldom fully recover from an Achilles tear.

    Salary dump to help re-sign key (every down) players next year plus a draft pick and 12 spots in the 3rd. Advantage Texans.

  15. toonsterwu says: Mar 20, 2012 9:24 PM

    It’s a great trade for Philadelphia (never did see Andy Reid selecting Kuechly in the first round … he just doesn’t pick LB’s that high), but a smart move for Houston. They clear money, giving them flexibility to sign their key guys next year (and last check, there were several), and Ryans just wasn’t a great 3-4 ILB fit.

  16. eagles92 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:25 PM

    nice job andy.

  17. lamontbrown215 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:27 PM

    Way to go Birds! Now go get Plax

  18. obamablowz says: Mar 20, 2012 9:28 PM

    I concur on Eagles getting better of trade…

  19. abninf says: Mar 20, 2012 9:29 PM

    Dream Team

  20. graver757 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:29 PM

    We will see…………..I am a die hard Eagles fan…but once again we have gotten a second string player….again!!! BUT…..if he rocks the field…and blows up…..then I’m all for it!!!!! E*A*G*L*E*S…EAGLES!!!!!!

  21. txbearmeat says: Mar 20, 2012 9:29 PM

    Great for Andy Reid and the Iggles.

    Now about that safety position. And actually running the ball. And managing that clock… and… well you get the picture.

  22. eaglesandravens says: Mar 20, 2012 9:33 PM

    Yesssssss. This more than makes up for losing the bid war to Dan Connor, but i still think we should add another LB.

  23. mc9399 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:36 PM

    and the rich get richer

  24. sicklife1 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:36 PM

    Something is up here….No way Houston unloads this guy for a 4th round pick. There’s no way they can think he’s the same player. It’s not like they needed to unload payroll to sign anyone…unless they’re thinking about going after Mike Wallace.

    And how the hell do the Eagles have the cap space to take on Ryans contract? My Giants have been struggling to stay under the cap for two years now, and the Eagles keep spending. I don’t get it….But I can’t complain…we have too many SB wins to start whining.

  25. phillysteak24 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:41 PM

    BTW DeMeco Ryans is and will be a better football player than Dan Connor, so i will not lose sleep over that one. As long as Ryans stays healthy he should bring a sure tackler, leader, a ferocious mentality and consistent LB play. Chalk this one up as a win for the Eagles.

  26. jh500 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:48 PM

    About time they get a real LB

  27. skinsrollyou says: Mar 20, 2012 9:55 PM

    Keep dreaming eagles fans. Super bowl trophy case still empty and that ain’t changing soon. Haha

  28. coys10 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:56 PM

    PFT equals Eagles PR Department.

    Ryans was injured in 2010 with an achilles injury and since his return has been a shell of his former self. He was sharing snaps by the end of the season, had lost speed, and was committing many errors.

    HOUSTON WAS GOING TO CUT HIM, THEY GOT FOURTH ROUND PICK FOR SOMEONE THEY WERE GOING TO CUT. HOW DID THEY GET THE WORST END OF THIS DEAL?

    On the other hand, look at the eagles depth chart, they have almost no depth, and are starting to get closer to the cap number. Now, they have expended 6 million a year on a possibly washed up MIKE.

    Again, how did the Eagles get a better end of this deal?

  29. nfceastisbeast says: Mar 20, 2012 10:01 PM

    sicklife1: Controlling the cap better than anyone else is the REAL Super Bowl for the Eagles. We never win the Championship, but we always have the most cap room! You have Eli, we have Joe Banner. Both Champions!!

  30. arlingtonsynn says: Mar 20, 2012 10:03 PM

    sicklife1 says:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:36 PM
    Something is up here….No way Houston unloads this guy for a 4th round pick. There’s no way they can think he’s the same player. It’s not like they needed to unload payroll to sign anyone…unless they’re thinking about going after Mike Wallace.

    ________

    I think this makes sense. The Texans would have an evil offense.

  31. broomehandle says: Mar 20, 2012 10:04 PM

    Im just not sure how demeco will be in his career, look back at how dominant takeo spikes use to be before his achilles injury, then he never came back to his dominant form not even close. Teams kept signing him hoping he could achieve that greatness again but it just never happened. Demeco is an amazing player but i dont think he will ever be that good ever again not even close. I really hope he does though.

  32. mojosmagic says: Mar 20, 2012 10:06 PM

    So Phillips neutered my man Ryans to fit his BS scheme. I would rather have Phillips neutered.

  33. pjhurley5 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:20 PM

    @aaroncurryisbust

    Isn’t this a bit premature? Ryans could very well continue to be an injury prone liability.
    ___________________________________

    “Injury prone liability?” The dude has missed 10 games (all in one span) during 6 years due to a torn achilles. He has never missed another game since, and only played at a sub-par level for his first 10 games back…which is to be expected coming off an achilles injury. He was back to his old ways in the last 6 games of the season, when Houston was shutting people down…

    It might be a bit premature to say it will directly translate to wins (saying this as a huge Eagles fan), but to swap 3rds and give up an extra fourth (the Eagles had multiple fourths this year from trades with the Bucs and Browns, I think?) for a guy who has been a fantastic 4-3 MLB HAS to be considered a huge win for a team that desperately needed LB help…

  34. pjhurley5 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:42 PM

    “He has never missed another game since” should read “He has never missed another game” in prior post.

  35. thebigwhit says: Mar 20, 2012 10:44 PM

    SWEET!!!!

  36. yevrag3535 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:47 PM

    Another player that will give the birds a quick easy sweep of the skins. It keeps getting easier and easier, now if we could only win when it matters. Always close but no cigar. Andy has to win it someday? We can only hope.

  37. adm350 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:51 PM

    Hurt..not hurt….worth a shot. We sucked at LB.

  38. mikeyhigs says: Mar 20, 2012 10:51 PM

    I wonder if this was the Eagles fallback plan. This comes on the heels of the Lions re-signing Tulloch who was rumored to be a perfect match for the Eagles. Once he was unavailable, this trade goes down.

  39. illad3lph1a says: Mar 20, 2012 11:08 PM

    Huge deal guys, he’s hands down better then any free agent out there at lb. and the eagles got him for cheap! Great start to the off season

  40. blurryvisi0n says: Mar 20, 2012 11:10 PM

    The Jonathan Vilma of Houston, not a bad thing….a stud in the 4-3 once the transition to a 3-4 happened, bounced out of town to the NFC. Not an Eagle fan but dude I hope you get a ring.

  41. illad3lph1a says: Mar 20, 2012 11:12 PM

    Coys!! Watch a game of football someday soon… Hes a Starting lb who will call every play and is a 2 time pro bowler… Just go rage somewhere else

  42. eaglessuck says: Mar 20, 2012 11:13 PM

    Time for the dream team to guarantee another superbowl

  43. yevrag3535 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:33 PM

    Coys10 pull your head out. Your team got taken, boo hoo.

  44. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 20, 2012 11:39 PM

    I love all the eagle haters…..whether he was injured doesn’t matter bc they basically paid a 4th rd pick. With Tom Bowles I can see bell coming in too….keep hating haters. Obviously the super bowl is where everyone wants to be but you can’t deny the eagles will be a tough out for anybody this year.

  45. bleed4philly says: Mar 20, 2012 11:44 PM

    And that’s the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it.

  46. coys10 says: Mar 21, 2012 12:13 AM

    Iladelphia,
    i actually watched him play, something if you did you would know he wasn’t even an every down lb. But my Giants keep winning super bowls, you and howie can keep winning March.

    Hahahhahahahahaz

  47. thesilencer10 says: Mar 21, 2012 12:26 AM

    oh how i love to be amused by a people who kno nothing..

  48. andyreidsbossoms says: Mar 21, 2012 12:37 AM

    Yeah baby!!!

  49. thesilencer10 says: Mar 21, 2012 12:40 AM

    mojo…uhh mr philips who i loathe..turned that D into the best D in the league last year my friend..

    As far as DeMeco goes, hes 10x better than anything we have..im tired of hearing about his injury status from bloggers..r u his Doc..uhh no..

    Hes a 3 down LB i have no clue where ur info is coming from, hence y we got him..we always had to take our signal caller out on 3rd down.. not now..step ur game up..alot of u sound foolish..stick to Madden!!Philly#1

  50. abains007 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:03 AM

    awesome. we dont even need a big play linebacker. just someone who can get off a block and make a tackle on a rb or te.

  51. Philadelphia says: Mar 21, 2012 1:08 AM

    coys10-

    You don’t cut a 2 time pro bowler/Def R.O.Y.
    If you think Houston made out, your boss needs to give you a urinalysis, this fills a HUUUUGE void for us, helluva 4-3 LB……if you know Football, you know we made out here. You don’t call a guy with a torn achilles a “shell of himself”, at least give him time to recover, and once he did, he was great again.

    GREAT JOB EAGLES!!!!!
    Awesome addition!!!

    Watch out Eagle haters!!
    I know we have ZERO Superbowls, EVERYBODY does……so you don’t have to bring it up like it’s the fans fault. Most other cities would have given up on them years ago, but we stand strong!!!! It’s only going to make the PARADE DOWN BROAD STREET THAT MUCH BETTER!!!!

  52. i10east says: Mar 21, 2012 1:17 AM

    As a Jags fan, I’m glad that Philly took DeMeco from the AFC South. Thank you dream team! :)

  53. jaydale1 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:25 AM

    Philadelphia says:Mar 21, 2012 1:08 AM

    coys10-

    You don’t cut a 2 time pro bowler/Def R.O.Y.
    If you think Houston made out, your boss needs to give you a urinalysis, this fills a HUUUUGE void for us, helluva 4-3 LB……if you know Football, you know we made out here. You don’t call a guy with a torn achilles a “shell of himself”, at least give him time to recover, and once he did, he was great again.
    ———————————————————-
    This is the problem with most people on this deal – all they see is the past and not the present.

    Ryans absolutely was going to get cut. He’s a 7 year veteran coming off 2 major injuries who plays a position that’s no longer utilized in the Texans’ defensive system. His contract was either going to be restructured again, which was doubtful, or he was going to have to be cut. The Texans found a trade partner which allowed them to get value back rather than watching him leave for nothing.

    4th round picks are good value picks and often become starters. They not only got an additional 4th, they also moved up in the 3rd which means a better value pick in that round. They also got cap relief for next year so they can afford to resign other free agents like Schaub or Brown or Barwin.

    It’s the nature of the business.

  54. yevrag3535 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:26 AM

    Coy10 – you must be a Mets fan. How is that working out for you? Oh know, you of course are a Yankee fan. You are guy who would not stick with a team like a loyal Philly fan does, a bit loud, sloppy and untamed at times but always there. I know we can not say that about you. We have our team and friends. What do you have? In the big picture life isn’t so bad no winning it all. We are still a better place to raise our families.

  55. truthassassin says: Mar 21, 2012 1:45 AM

    UNREAL… how the hell do the Eagles pull this sh*t off for a 4th round pick and a swap in the 3rd (or, in Redskins language, a 3rd and a 4th)!!

    It’s like they’re trading with the damn Dolphins, jeeezuz…

  56. truthassassin says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 AM

    And by the way, I don’t know what in the world Houston is doing… they finally have a winning season and they decide they can get rid of all their starters… stupid

  57. randomcommenter says: Mar 21, 2012 2:08 AM

    Reminds me of when the Jets gave up on James Farrior and the Steelers stole him in a trade. Farrior was a cornerstone of the Steelers for years, playing at a pro bowl level for most of them.

  58. phillychzstk2012 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:57 AM

    skinsrollyou says:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:55 PM
    Keep dreaming eagles fans. Super bowl trophy case still empty and that ain’t changing soon. Haha

    ————————————————–

    i dont understand why deadskins fans think that they’ve done anything relevant in recent history to enable them to say anything bad about a franchise that has continually finished 2-3 places ahead of them in the division, and kicks the sh*t out of them every year

  59. stercuilus65 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:47 AM

    myeaglescantwin says: Mar 20, 2012 9:20 PM

    “alright eagle compadres.. dont get all flustered.. the fact of the matter is that this is only one of the 3 LBs we needed.. there was not a quality starter on the squad at all..

    I personally believe Andy made this trade simply because he cringed at the thought of drafting an LB in round 1.. now we can go draft that OL that no one has ever heard of..

    + if this is anything like the last trade for an LB,, we will cut him after the season.”

    —————————–

    You’re name says it all loser.

  60. madisonave99 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:55 AM

    Wow the Eagles make another splashy off-season move to have their fans salivating over Super Bowl possibilities. Meanwhile the team that ACTUALLY WON the Super Bowl (2nd one in 4 years) is in the same division and back healthy defensively themselves This should be another fun year of the Eagles still not winning a title since 1960

  61. baldingerspinky says: Mar 21, 2012 5:04 AM

    Ignore coys10 he is proud of his giants aka the worst/luckiest team to win a sb of all time. Funny HIS giants are 1-9 in there last 10 against the eagles. Coys doesn’t understand how much luck played into the giants sb run. F*** their rings and what not. They’re not even the best team in their own division. Can’t wait to see the eagles win the division and laugh as the giants are sitting home during the playoffs again. Can’t get lucky every year.

  62. bluefan204 says: Mar 21, 2012 5:17 AM

    As long as Reid and Vick are still a part of the team, I’m not the least bit concerned about them winning anything but regular season games.

  63. mungman69 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:11 AM

    Great pick for the EAGLES
    By the way, not one of you folks have ever won a Super Bowl.

  64. kenny328usa says: Mar 21, 2012 7:20 AM

    Casey Mattehews the special teams meeting is down the hall on the left

  65. coys10 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:46 AM

    I know he is every down lb, that is why he was sharing time at end of year. That is why he played only 58.3% of the snaps last season. And,of course, the Texans gave away Ryans for a fourth round pick because they thought he returned to pre-injury form.

    Just like Steve Smith was a great pickup. The Eagles are experts at picking up washed up big names. Giants are experts at winning Super Bowlds.

  66. eaglesw00t says: Mar 21, 2012 7:47 AM

    Im stoked about this trade.

    Im not saying Super Bowl or anything.

    But I do think this was a pretty even trade. The Texans want to dump salary and dont know how Ryans will play this year.

    For the Eagles…a 75% Ryans is better than any of our starting LBs. So its win win either way.

    And for the haters mentioning salary, the Eagles had 22.3 free before extending Cole. He got a bump this year of only a little. So add in Ryans 6 figure this year, and we still have at least 14 free.

  67. skinsfaninphilly says: Mar 21, 2012 8:01 AM

    This is an “ok” pick up! Good from the stand point that the Eagles had a major need at this position & Ryans is a decent player for the job. This is bad though because the Eagles STILL have a major need at that position as well as safety..and the Eagles problem is that they always try to permanently band aid their weaknesses. Ryans is good, but coming off an Achilles injury is no bueno! He will be a major upgrade to the position, but the Eagles know they are paying for damaged goods. They may have gave up nothing major, but since Trott & B. Dawk left..they have been doing this…see Marlin Jackson, Ernie Sims, Takeo Spikes, Sean Jones & their draft strategy..which is why this is a good move..on paper based the players accomplishments from at least two plus seasons ago

  68. mhalt99 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:02 AM

    talkintrashallday says:

    Let’s give Casey Matthews a break. Yes, he was horrible this year, but he was also a rookie 4th round pick playing a 4-3 with a wide 9 which is probably the hardest spot for a linebacker to play….and he had no real offseason to learn.

    Hopefully, given a year to develop he can become a beast. I understand he was a focal point of losing last year but he wasn’t a “for who for what” type guy.

  69. 706vet says: Mar 21, 2012 8:06 AM

    Time will tell. This season we’ll see if he’s back from the Achilles, many players are never the same.

  70. citnetter says: Mar 21, 2012 8:47 AM

    Man, people, stop looking at this as the Texans just getting rid of a Pro-Bowler just because they wanted to or wanted the draft picks. There are a lot of variables at play here. The primary one is the Texans are in cap hell this year and also face the prospect of 3 or 4 key guys (Schaub, Barwin, Brown, etc.) coming up for FA next year. Until this trade, they didn’t even have enough cap space for their draft picks.

    Why Ryans? 1) He really didn’t fit the 3-4 scheme and bascially became a 2-down LB and was getting paid a lot of coin, 2) the Texans have a young LB (Sharpton) who played well and does fit the 3-4, 3) As I said, the Texans need cap space -most importantly NEXT year and trading a good commidty (Ryans) now frees up $10MM+ next year, 4) the Texans saw an opportunity and got picks instead of just cutting a great team guy, 5) they gave Ryans the utmost repsect and sent him to a good team that suits his playing style well.

    For people to say the Texans are nuts for making this deal obviously know nothing about the Texans roster, cap situation, and how they and Ryans played last year on the field. Philly got a good player and leader, and the Texans got the cap relief they need, draft moves, and opened up a spot for a young up-and-coming LB.

  71. queensnyvegas says: Mar 21, 2012 9:01 AM

    he stinks

  72. giantspunk213 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:07 AM

    Ok compliment sandwhich: Ryans was a good pickup for the eagles, they needed LB help in a bad way, filthadelphia fans who keep mentioning how they beat the giants in the regular season is just sad, if it makes you hapy then keep stomping us in the regular season, we’ll keep winning rings and you guys keep winning at least 2 games a year, as far as the other compliment…you have a good color green on your jerseys.

  73. jianningwu says: Mar 21, 2012 9:30 AM

    His Achillies injury was in 2010, Ryans started 16 games last season.

  74. oldbyrd says: Mar 21, 2012 10:39 AM

    I have critized Reid in the past but, hats off to him for this move. I can’t help to see it as a steal for what he paid, which is virtually nothing. Considering last year’s 4th rd pick produced Casey Matthews. We still need a powerful strong side LB. Bottom line …it looks like the Pep Boys are turning into The Three Musketeers.

  75. drshakedown74 says: Mar 21, 2012 12:37 PM

    I would suggest drafting a LB or two also.

  76. phillysteak24 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:39 PM

    For those of you that aren’t “up to date” on football knowledge. DeMeco Ryans is better suited for a 4-3 schemed defense and lost his job with the Texans because they switched to a 3-4 scheme. So what percentage he was on the field doesnt mean a damn thing. Go back and look at his triple digit tackles a few years ago in a 4-3 defense along with his prow bowls and Def ROY. Im not saying that hes gunna be Patrick Willis but he sure will better than any Mike backer in the NFC East.

  77. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 21, 2012 4:50 PM

    The iggles will still stink.

  78. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 21, 2012 4:58 PM

    phillysteak24 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 4:39 PM
    For those of you that aren’t “up to date” on football knowledge. DeMeco Ryans is better suited for a 4-3 schemed defense and lost his job with the Texans because they switched to a 3-4 scheme. So what percentage he was on the field doesnt mean a damn thing. Go back and look at his triple digit tackles a few years ago in a 4-3 defense along with his prow bowls and Def ROY. Im not saying that hes gunna be Patrick Willis but he sure will better than any Mike backer in the NFC East.

    ___________________________________
    Stop blogging until you learn how to spell pro bowl. Prow bowl???? This is an all time low in spelling history. You are a dolt.

  79. phillysteak24 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:07 PM

    @tonyromoisterrible Just a typo but thanks for looking out for me i appreciate it. By your name it looks like your one of those fans that really doesnt have anything good to say and your opinion solely comes from the ideas of ESPN. Give me your opinion instead of trying to sound intelligent. The funny thing is you had one thing to correct and it was my typo, everything else was probably over your head. I think this is a site to talk about sports not worry about grammar. Get back at me.

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