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Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans Says He Can Play Effectively In The 3-4
The last time DeMeco Ryans played in a 3-4 scheme, things didn’t go so smoothly for the inside linebacker.
The Houston Texans had no complaints. They scrapped their longtime 4-3 alignment for the 3-4 in 2011 and finished with the NFL’s second-ranked defense.
But Ryans, a two-time Pro Bowler considered the bedrock of the Texans' defense, played fewer snaps in coordinator Wade Phillips’ scheme and was then shipped to the Eagles last offseason for a fourth-round pick and a swapping of third-rounders, fueling the perception that his best days were way behind him.
“It was a big perception that DeMeco doesn’t ft the 3-4, 4-3, whatever,” Ryans said Thursday. “I played in that defense, in the Texans’ 3-4 defense when we were the No. 1, No. 2 defense in the league. So if I didn’t fit in there then we wouldn’t have been that highly ranked.”
After a 2012 season in which he was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise abysmal defense, Ryans isn’t concerned about his ability to make plays in whatever formations coordinator Billy Davis draws up.
“It’s all about being versatile,” he said. “As a linebacker you have to be versatile -- 4-3, 3-4. Whatever it is this coaching staff is looking for me to do, I’m willing to do that. I’ve done both so I’m open to whatever it is.”
Source: Comcast Sports
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