The Philadelphia Eagles have the deepest linebacking core among 4-3 teams in the NFL. Is that really so crazy? It might be right now, before we see these guys in action, but maybe not so crazy if they all pan out.
DeMeco Ryans is a top three 4-3 linebacker when he is at his best. He suffered a major Achilles injury in 2010 and wasn't fully recovered in the beginning of the 2011 season. Right now, his Achilles is as good is it ever will be. Will he be as quick as he was in 2009? We won't know for sure until training camp, but it's safe to say he will be at least close to his 2009 form.
Ryans is the type of player that you can build your defense around. He does everything well at the linebacker position. He is an even better leader. Everyone will benefit from Ryans. The defense will play better and the offense won't have as much pressure on them with the defense playing at a much higher level. Those fourth quarter meltdowns won't happen with a leader like Ryans running the show.
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