After struggling through the early part of the season to adjust to Billy Davis’ new 3-4 scheme, Fletcher Cox has really started to come on as of late for the Philadelphia Eagles defense.
Cox is fresh off his best game. He was disruptive all afternoon long against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and blockers simply had no answer for him. While he didn’t garner a sack he was credited with five pressures and generated at least two holding penalties that pushed the ball back.
Cox has now had back-to-back solid showings. He is finally starting to grasp the nuances of the 3-4 defense and it is really showing. Cox linemate Cedric Thornton, in a bit of a surprise, has been the Eagles best defensive lineman six weeks into the season. Cox is starting to play and exceed his level.
With all the question marks all over the defense the Eagles defensive line is starting to become a real strength. Between Cox and Thornton, they have two stout athletes who are versatile enough to do it all from the 3-4 defensive end spot. They can rush the passer and stuff the run.
Until lately, Cox hadn’t shown the ability he had in his rookie year. We can chalk this up to a slow adjustment period for a young player. He was as dominant as an interior defensive lineman can be last Sunday. If Cox shows up with that effort and ability every Sunday, it would help the Eagles struggling defense tremendously. Cox seems to have turned a corner. We can only hope that he plays this way every Sunday.