20 Mar 2012
This one stunned me at first, but apparently it makes more sense to people who watched the Texans a lot last year. Houston is dealing linebacker DeMeco Ryans to Philadelphia for a mid-round pick. Apparently, this is a similar issue to when the Jets got rid of Jonathan Vilma because he didn't fit after they moved to a 3-4 scheme. From Rivers McCown, our man in Houston, over e-mail:
"He was a two-down player last year, and might have lost the starting job to Darryl Sharpton had he not hurt himself. He hasn't been the same since the achilles injury. I love DeMeco and all, but given where the Texans are at cap-wise, I can see this making some sense for them. He was not the same player he was in 2009."
For the Eagles, though, it's hard to imagine a bigger need. They've been skimping on linebackers for years. Now they have a talented guy to sit in the middle of that defense and take on all the runners that get to slide through big gaping holes in the wide-9 pass rush.
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Five different teams from last year's DVOA top eight rank in the bottom half of the league through four weeks of 2014. What can we learn from other teams with similar starts in the past?