Originally written May 24, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
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There might not have been a more publicly shamed group than the Eagles’ linebackers last year. Poor linebacker play became the poster child for the failure of the so called “Dream Team” last year as the Eagles, widely projected to win 12-13 games, won 8 and missed the playoffs. The Eagles, who have always notoriously devalued the linebacker position, have spent a lot of focus this offseason on getting better in that area, bringing in veteran former Pro Bowler DeMeco Ryans through a trade and Mychal Kendricks in the 2nd round of the draft. As of recently, it remained pretty unclear how everyone would line up at linebacker for the Eagles this season, but with the start of OTAs, it’s becoming more clear. Ryans will play middle linebacker, which is obvious for a player who has made the Pro Bowl out of that spot before. Ryans could have a bounce back season now that he’s back in a 4-3. Mychal Kendricks will likely start at strong side linebacker, barring an injury or unforeseen awful pla...
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