Originally posted on Eagles Eye  |  Last updated 9/8/12
Like DDD says, your MLB should be the "face" of your 4-3 defense... but in the case of DeMeco Ryans, that face needs to include "legs"...Wisely, Andy Reid and Juan Castillo have smelled the coffee, and Ryans will be pulled out of 3rd down-and-long situations to be reinforced by a coverage LB with younger legs...DeMeco Ryans, 6-1, 247, 7th year out of Alabama, was drafted in the 2nd round by Houston in 2006... he's still got the juice to fill the gaps against the running game and short screens in the NFL, but due to natural loss of foot-speed after Achilles tendon injury two years ago, the former all-pro Houston Texan is still suspect on obvious passing downs...The Eagles’ defense could feature as many as six linebackers in Sunday’s regular-season opener at Cleveland. “They’re all going to play,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said Friday in quotes provided by the team. “They [linebackers] all have a role in one phase or another. We had success with it towards the end of last year. They are...
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