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(Eds: APNewsNow.) By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer DeMeco Ryans has plenty on his plate, and his every move is heavily scrutinized.
When the Philadelphia Eagles acquired the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker from Houston in March, Ryans was viewed as a savior for a much-maligned defense. Expectations are that high for Ryans, and he knows it.
Fans want Ryans to be a combination of Brian Dawkins and Jeremiah Trotter. The defense has been missing a leader since Dawkins departed for Denver after the 2008 season. The Eagles haven't had a playmaker at middle linebacker since Trotter wreaked havoc nearly a decade ago.
So when Ryans failed to make any sparkling plays in the preseason, some wondered if he was overhyped. But defensive coordinator Juan Castillo measures his value by more than what the stat sheet shows.
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While the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to easily beat their Week 1 opponent, the Cleveland Browns, much of the first half of their schedule will be an uphill battle.
How tough are we talking? Six of Philadelphia’s first eight opponents reached the playoffs in 2011. That doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room.
When Mike Vick said that the Eagles...
The Philadelphia Eagles much anticipated 2012 regular season begins in just three days. While the opening game on the schedule against the Cleveland Browns should be an easy win for the Birds, they face a difficult first-half schedule that pits them against no fewer than six playoff teams from the 2011 season. Philadelphia has the talent to survive the challenge but cannot afford...
The 2012 NFL Season will kickoff tonight with Cowboys vs Giants. The Eagles will kickoff in four days against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. As the season approaches teams are concerned with the health of their players after a tough training camp schedule.
The Eagles were able to escape the preseason without any devastating injuries. Riley Cooper did break his collarbone...
Yours truly was interviewed by Bill Smith on mooheadradio.com out of Cleveland yesterday to talk about the Eagles vs. Browns game.
If you have a few minutes to kill, here is the audio..(you might have to click the link once, then click it again for audio to start)
Talking Eagles Browns on mooheadradio
Hint – I predicted the Eagles to win 31-13. Might be a little optimistic at...
Michael Vick was asked what a successful season for the Eagles would entail. His answer echos what the vibe from owner Jeff Lurie: “Man, I ain’t got no ring on my finger. I ain’t got one. That’s it. I don’t know what else,” Vick said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “I’ve been there. Playoffs is [...]
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