PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles are replacing injured linebacker DeMeco Ryans with Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho. That still leaves a big hole.You dont replace the leadership, defensive co-ordinator Billy Davis said. You just dont. Leadership is something that is earned over time. DeMeco has got a lot of pelts on the wall and hes earned it. Hes just that kind of guy. So, youre not going to replace that part of him, but were going to have to replace him (on the field). Its the NFL, the next man has to step up.Ryans was lost for the season when he tore his Achilles tendon Sunday in a 31-21 victory at Houston. Its the second time in five years Ryans season has ended with an Achilles tear. He had the same injury while with the Texans in 2010.Matthews, the teams fourth-round pick in 2011 and Acho, who came in a trade with Cleveland last year, will split the duties in Davis base 3-4 defence.In base, either Matthews or Acho will play the Mike role that Ryans had and be responsible for making the defensive calls. When the team goes to its nickel or dime defences, Mychal Kendricks will move from his Will position to make the calls.We have tons of confidence in both Casey and Acho, Davis said. They can make the calls. They did it all through camp when DeMeco wasnt in, or we gave DeMeco a blow. Theyre both highly intelligent guys. Theyve got a great understanding of the scheme. Theyve both been here for two years and both have a lot of playing time to fall back on in the regular season. So, that part to it well be OK with.Its the part that is DeMeco, the man, and his individual leadership that youre not going to replace.Matthews and Acho both got experience this season when Kendricks missed four games with a calf injury. In their limited time, Matthews has 24 tackles, one for a loss, with a half-sack, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. Acho has 18 tackles.Ryans had 65 tackles, three for a loss, to go with an interception and a fumble recovery.That helped, Matthews said about playing in place of Kendricks. Its a little different now, moving to the Mike and having to make the calls. You have to be more vocal out there.Matthews has played his best football of late and now has the final eight games of the regular season to show he belongs.It will be similar to when Mychal was out, Davis said. The neat part of our inside backers, really within the scheme, is they are kind of interchangeable. So, it will be a similar rotation to when Mychal was out. Well have Casey and Acho handling first and second down duties at the DeMeco spot. Theyll be fine.Matthews knows the role he has to fill. Hes as prepared as hes going to be.Im ready, Matthews said. I felt when Mychal was out, I got better every week. Well take it game by game, and hopefully get more comfortable as we go.Davis is confident as well.Weve got small boxes for everybody and thats kind of the way weve had success in replacing guys, Davis said. Dont ask any one person to do everything DeMeco did, ask a couple to do a small part and really master that small part. Dion Lewis Titans Jersey . - Regan Smith had the checkered flag in sight at Daytona a year ago and a freight train of cars in his rearview mirror. Custom Tennessee Titans Jerseys . Wiggins, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward who plays his first exhibition game on Wednesday against Pitt State, was the top prospect in the class of 2013. http://www.authenticfootballshoptita...titans-jersey/. 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The squad managed to bounce back last weekend with a 67-42 victory at Northern Kentucky. As for the Thundering Herd, they too started off the 2014-15 campaign with positive results, taking down three straight opponents, although the competition was a bit suspect (Jacksonville State, Savannah State and WVU Tech). Since posting those double-digit wins the team has suffered through a five-game slide, with the latest defeat being a 73-69 setback versus Penn State on Dec.6 at home. Aside from an 85-67 loss to Louisville, a decision that began the teams losing streak, the Herd has played every game thus far at home. West Virginia leads the all-time series by a count of 31-11, with 13 of the last 16 matchups being decided by 10 points or less. The Mountaineers have a mark of 62-20 when playing in the Charleston Civic Center. 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The Mountaineers led by as many as 26 points late in the second half as they held Northern Kentucky to just 26.5 percent shooting from the floor and 2- of-20 behind the 3-point line, all while forcing 20 turnovers which became 24 points for WVU. Juwan Staten and Devin Williams both tallied 12 points for the Mountaineers, the former also pulling down eight rebounds, handing out four assists and making three steals, while Jonathan Holton tacked on 10 points, five boards and three blocked shots before fouling out. Although he is shooting only 41.1 percent from the field, Staten continues to be the star of the show for the Mountaineers again this season. In addition to his 15.0 ppg he has also handed out 38 assists over nine games, while his 17 steals are second only to Holton (11.6 ppg) who paces the program with 8.0 rpg. West Virginia has found a way to generate a lofty 79.4 ppg while shooting only 29.6 percent beyond the arc and a disappointing 65.4 percent at the free-throw line. 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