Trent Cole Starting To Thrive in Philadelphia Eagles 3-4 Defense

By Ryan Wenzell
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Trent Cole finally showed glimpses of the player we all knew and loved. Cole finished Sunday’s game with two sacks and three tackles for loss as he lived in the backfield. It was Cole’s first multi-sack game since 2011 and a great sign that he may finally be adjusting from the 4-3 that he had played in his entire career to the 3-4 defense.

Many, including myself, thought that Cole may have been done. He looked slow and hasn’t produced in the past few years. He has been getting pressures this year to be fair, but he just hasn’t gotten home. The hard work finally paid off on Sunday.

If Cole can get back to being a terror off the edge that would be a huge boost for this defense. The one thing the Philadelphia Eagles defense has lacked this season is a dominant pass rusher off the edge that can consistently get to the quarterback. The defense is a highly improving unit, as it has now allowed 21 points or less in seven straight games, but that pure edge rusher would really put them over the top.

Cole and fellow outside linebacker Connor Barwin have shown glimpses but haven’t gotten to the passer on a consistent basis. Maybe this is the start of something for Cole. It certainly looks like the start of something for this team.

When’s the last time we could say the Eagles were playing meaningful games in November? In Chip Kelly‘s first year that has been made possible again, as the Eagles lead the division and are fighting for a playoff berth.

If this defense starts to really rush the passer there is no telling what this team’s potential is.

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