Read Between the Lines

In the midst of yet another edition of Linebacker Musical Chairs, Juan Castillo sounded off on how DeMeco Ryans fits into the group, per Les Bowen:

I think what DeMeco Ryans has added is, Meco has that experience ... Now, all of a sudden, the kids see how they're supposed to watch tape, how they're supposed to act on the field. Meco's a no-nonsense type guy, and a guy who's been in the league and done it ... You take that, mixed with athletic kids, athletic guys, now you have a good group," Castillo said Monday.

Don't get me wrong, Ryans is still a huge upgrade over the clowns in 2011. But there's a reason Castillo calls him "no-nonsense" and the rest of the linebackers "athletic." Just saying.