The Linc - DeMeco Ryans Is The Leader The Eagles Didn't Have

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 11: DeMeco Ryan #59 of the Houston Texans waives the American flag during player introductions during the season-opening game at Reliant Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Eagles' DeMeco Ryans 'the leader Philly didn't have' -
Upgrading the linebacker corps was a top priority for the Eagles this offseason. First, they acquired two-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans in March. Even though Ryans is a road block to his path back to a starting role, Matthews praised the addition in an interview with the team's official website. "He's the leader that we didn't have," Matthews said. "He's been through it all. He's overcome injuries. He's a good leader. He knows how to motivate people."

Ranking The Divisions By QB -
#3 NFC East - The QBs in this division are all must-see TV. Manning has two Super Bowl rings and a growing reputation as a clutch performer. Romo had an excellent 2011 season that should quiet some of his critics. Vick started poorly last season, but he became more patient and efficient during the last quarter of the season. RG3 landed with the perfect coach to take advantage of his talents.

Eagles' DeSean Jackson has a new attitude
Having a new deal, he said, felt like "100 pounds of stress relieved off my shoulders." "It was a tough year for myself, had a lot of struggles, had a lot of things that just took me off of my game and my focus," Jackson said. "This year, a lot of that has just been removed, and I'm able to focus and be comfortable and be confident that I'm at a place where I'm wanted. I just really want to be able to bring a championship to the city."

Washburn faces tough decisions
The Birds' pass rush is loaded with talent. It's up to Jim Washburn to decide who stays, who goes and who plays.

VIDEO: Fat Sixers Fan Is An Instant Sensation - Four For Four - SB Nation Philly
I'm not sure what us innocent viewers at home ever did to the folks at TNT, but after catching a glimpse of this incredibly fat guy waving his gut at the Celtics as they tried to take free throws... They couldn't turn their cameras away. They showed him, and his "front butt", time and time again...

Ray's Replies: Hard to compare pre-1978 WRs
It is impossible to compare wide receivers with their pre-1978 counterparts, Ray Didinger explains in an e-mail response to a fan.

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