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DeMeco Ryans saw the writing on the wall last season

DeMeco Ryans AP

One of the most underrated moves of the 2012 offseason came when the Eagles fleeced the Texans for Pro Bowl middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans.  But with the Texans committed to a 3-4 defense and Ryans fitting much better in a 4-3 system, the Texans had no choice than to take what they could get.

For Ryans, he knew something was coming.

My feelings weren’t hurt,” Ryans said over the weekend at his golf tournament in Alabama, via the Tuscaloosa News.  “I saw the road changing during the season last year.  I kind of start[ed] seeing that, maybe this can’t go on for too long.  So when the move came, I was OK with it.”

While he embraced the move to a new team, the geographic aspect is taking some getting used to.

“It’s a big difference living in the [Houston] suburbs to living in the city,” Ryans said.  “There is a lot more taking taxis and parking in parking garages.  I’m happy I’m there now.  I’m happy they didn’t trade me during the season, because now I can take my time getting used to the lay of the city.”

And so he sees it, as he should, as a new beginning.

“I’m happy to be a part of this team, happy to be going back to the 4-3 as a middle linebacker,” Ryans said. “It’s like getting drafted all over again.  I’m excited about it and happy to be in Philly starting new.”

The Eagles and their fans are happy about it, too, given the struggles the team experienced at the linebacker position in 2011.  Of course, some of that may have something to do with the team’s new “Wide Nine” get-to-the-quarterback approach to line play, which may be leaving the linebackers more exposed to blocks from the offensive linemen by whom the defensive ends are flying.

With an upgrade at the linebacker position, we’ll know more soon about whether it was the quality of the players or the consequences of the system that hurt the team’s linebacking corps during the season of the unfulfilled dream team.

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37 Responses to “DeMeco Ryans saw the writing on the wall last season”
  1. sjoyner59 says: May 21, 2012 7:26 AM

    This is nothing short of a great move for the birds,this guy is coming to town to be the leader of the defense and he is going to be great at it….I could tell that the way his x teammates spoke about him

  2. mikeyhigs says: May 21, 2012 7:37 AM

    “…we’ll know more soon about whether it was the quality of the players or the consequences of the system that hurt the team’s linebacking corps”

    Casey Matthews, Jamar Chaney, Moise Fokou…doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

  3. blurryvisi0n says: May 21, 2012 7:41 AM

    Same story as Jonathan Vilma going from the Jets to the Saints, hopefully not the same fate for Ryans.

  4. mungman69 says: May 21, 2012 7:43 AM

    The Eagles still have Juan Costillo as defensive head coach. He was terrible last year, he must improve much.

  5. mikea311 says: May 21, 2012 7:43 AM

    dream team, yep, it never gets old.

  6. how887 says: May 21, 2012 7:51 AM


  7. santolonius says: May 21, 2012 7:59 AM

    i can’t help but think the texans’ defensive offseason violates the basic rule of common sense: if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  8. calizcowboyz says: May 21, 2012 8:11 AM

    welcome to philly! the place where super bowls never become reality, just dreams and loud mouth fans who never have and never will win squat!
    did i mention your new quarter back is a china doll and breaks on any type of contact what so ever.
    oh another year of “almosts” & “excuses” from the “birds of ney” ufo’s , bigfoot, & a super bowl ring
    three things the eagles fans will never see!

  9. sin101 says: May 21, 2012 8:11 AM

    This is a non story,we changed systems and he was only on the field for a third of the snaps.He got a 50 million dollar contract when we ran a 4-3.W

  10. eaglesw00t says: May 21, 2012 8:17 AM

    Really? You honestly thought it was appropriate to stick another Dream Team reference in there?

    Are you going to let that go? Or will we be hearing about it a decade from now?

  11. chrisbntx says: May 21, 2012 8:21 AM

    He was being talked about as a possible cap cut before the trade so I’m glad the Texans were able to get something. Still, it’s hard to see such a great player leave. He was a great leader when this team needed one a few years ago but to say this defense has changed since then would be a large understatement.

  12. mikexzilla says: May 21, 2012 8:31 AM

    hes a HUGE stepping stone to getting the eagles D straighten out

  13. mancave001 says: May 21, 2012 8:36 AM

    I think I speak for most Eagles fans when I say: Welcome…now go win.

  14. dclogicatlast says: May 21, 2012 8:45 AM

    You’d think the Eagles were horrendous on run defense based on this article but they actually ranked 16th ahead of both NE and NYG. A little research would show it was the rate at which they allowed passing tds combined with the offense’s turnovers that doomed their defense.

  15. jacksaysfu says: May 21, 2012 8:45 AM

    Demeco Ryans is a beast . The Eagles always seem to get the better end of trades

  16. greymares says: May 21, 2012 8:52 AM

    As far as being the whole package, talent, attitude, understanding the reason and already attempting to reach out to a fan base that is desperate to win the big one. this has the potential to be the best aquisition of my 60 plus years as a fan.

  17. deathmonkey41 says: May 21, 2012 8:56 AM

    Andy Reid was unavailable for comment because he was most likely eating.

  18. agcooney108 says: May 21, 2012 8:59 AM

    now if their corners and safeties are used correctly, this could be a dangerous team. and i hate everything about the eagles so it’s tough for me to swallow what i just said.

  19. geauxjay says: May 21, 2012 9:06 AM

    What does Tim Tebow think about this?

  20. realdealsteel says: May 21, 2012 9:07 AM

    To me, this was one of the major, major moves of free agency and the off-season so far. Eagles got destroyed in the middle of the field all year. Teams figured out early that they had nothing in the middle and exploited them. With this addition, coupled with the linebacker they took in the draft, I fully expect the Eagles to be in the playoffs.

  21. realnflmaster says: May 21, 2012 9:19 AM

    6-10. 3rd in NFC east.

  22. dexterismyhero says: May 21, 2012 9:20 AM

    Quit it with the “Dream Team” crap already. VY said it and no one else on the Eagles did. Let’s see VY freeze his butt off on the sidelines in Buffalo this year.

  23. buddybowl69 says: May 21, 2012 9:29 AM

    Doesn’t matter, the Giants are already a lock to win the next 10 Super Bowls. With Coughlin, Eli in his prime, and a defense that will smother every offense in the league, all other teams are secondary. The dynasty has started. Write it down.

  24. tubaplayingprof says: May 21, 2012 9:29 AM

    The Eagles’ front office is one of the league’s best–because it always has extra time for great off-season moves, trades, etc. Ordering rings and planning parades take up serious time.

  25. screwstontexans says: May 21, 2012 9:30 AM

    All I know is that DeMeco is one hell of a player and the Eagles have their run problem solved because he is a beast at MLB. We all saw it coming but it was bittersweet because we knew it was for the best.

  26. somekat says: May 21, 2012 9:30 AM

    Drew Brees requires evidence that this was a good move

  27. fsf7 says: May 21, 2012 9:52 AM

    I never could understand why the Texans went to the 3-4 given the personnel they had – in particular Mario Williams. It is easier to find a franchise QB than a great pass rushing DE the level of Williams.

    Given the Texans already had a solid base of talent in the 4-3, I cannot understand why they would flip to a 3-4. That is the type of move you make when the talent on your team dictates the shift, not because you hired Wade Phillips and he is a system guy.

  28. duncanthecat says: May 21, 2012 10:05 AM

    Playing for The Eagles, he’ll probably see the writing on the wall this year too.

  29. whitemike55 says: May 21, 2012 10:13 AM

    “fsf7 says:
    May 21, 2012 9:52 AM
    I never could understand why the Texans went to the 3-4 given the personnel they had – in particular Mario Williams….”

    Everything you said is False! Texans were 6-10 and had the 2nd WORST defense in football in their 4-3.

    Hire Wade Phillips, make the transition, #1 defense in football last in regards to total yards per game. Top 5 in pts.

    It was a smart move. Also able to cut huge cap room with Mario and Demeco. (Who played very little and few complete games last year.

  30. thekingdave says: May 21, 2012 10:21 AM

    Can we stop with the “fleecing” thing since we simply don’t know whether Ryans will return to Pro Bowl form? 4-3 or 3-4, Ryans was barely on the field last year because he was not as effective. Give it a year before you unequivocally say he’s 100% back.

  31. thekingdave says: May 21, 2012 10:26 AM


    Similar to how your post violates the basic rule of common sense: if you don’t know what you’re talking about, refrain from giving your two cents. As stated here and other places numerous times, Ryans and Williams barely played last season, therefore were hardly contributors to a top 10 defense. Hopefully this time it will sink in.

  32. lbdpatch says: May 21, 2012 10:46 AM

    Let all those ingnorant cowgirls fans talk last year the Eagles shut them down. They have a loud mouth terrible defense coach. An over rated quarterback and If superbowls are the only thing that means anything then Dan Marino must really suck beause he doesn’t have a ring either.

  33. tombradyswig says: May 21, 2012 11:55 AM

    realnflmaster says: May 21, 2012 9:19 AM

    6-10. 3rd in NFC east

    Please change your screen name BUFFOON!! You know squat about NFL!!

  34. offkiltereagle says: May 21, 2012 12:26 PM

    mungman69 says: May 21, 2012 7:43 AM

    The Eagles still have Juan Costillo as defensive head coach. He was terrible last year, he must improve much.


    Juan, did a great job considering it was his first year as a D coordinator. He stepped in without an offseason to teach his D, and he was coaching without all the pieces needed to run the wide 9 effectively, and even with all that he was still able to put out a defense that was in the top 10 in yards and points scored despite having to play on a short field with the offense turning it over as much as they did. Is there room for improvement? Yes, but at least acknowledge what he was able to do.

  35. thapurrinlion says: May 21, 2012 1:08 PM

    Demeco Ryans should rack up the tackles for the Eagles like he did for the Texans… 5 or 6 yds past the line of scrimmage.

  36. pappert says: May 22, 2012 1:09 AM

    the logic is still a little off.. If the eagles were one of the worst in the secondary and gave up close to the most REC TDS. Then whats gonna change with that? We have no saftey over the top. Unless we get to the Qb even faster than last year which is EXTREMELY hard to believe. We will be a better team but we still have a couple holes to be exposed.


  37. dcbassguy says: May 23, 2012 1:20 PM

    How can anyone comment, or even think that this isn’t an upgrade for the Eagles?

    I don’t care what team your a fan of, not admitting that this is an upgrade, just makes you look like an idiot. That would be like saying the Broncos didn’t get an upgrade at QB.

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