Carl Willis, his coach at Cleveland, once said if he was
ever in a bar fight, he’d want Lee on his side because “you’d have to
kill him” to stop him.
That's my favorite line from an interesting New York Times Magazine profile on the Phillies four aces
written by Pat Jordan. I say "interesting" because the author appears
out to try and prove that none of the Phillies big four are great
pitchers. Even in his dealings with the pitchers down in Clearwater, the
author includes strange anecdotes about their personalities as if to
prove a point that they are not great players, at least certainly not
great when compared to pitchers of a bygone era.
What were your thoughts on Jordan's take on Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels?
About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach.
The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff.
After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012.
While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well thought of in the locker room and throughout the building.
While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense.
Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach.
In the 2016 NFL Info guide, Chip Kelly named DeMeco Ryans as a player who would make a great HC. Now, he's on the next 49ers staff. pic.twitter.com/TGx0cfDr3c