Trent Cole Coming Into His Own In Philadelphia Eagles' 3-4 Scheme

By Ryan Wenzell
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Trent Cole is coming. Cole notched two more sacks and now has four in his last two games along with five in his last four as he is starting to heat up in Billy Davis‘ 3-4 scheme. Cole had frankly been a ghost the first nine to 10 games.

Cole and partner in crime Brandon Graham were both terrors to the quarterback as Graham also notched a pair of sacks in Week 13. If the Eagles could somehow get both of these guys going it would be absolutely huge for this defense.

Cole in particular would be a  major god send. He used to be counted on for double digit sacks every single season. Last year was a major downer as he finished with only three sacks on the season, an anomaly in an otherwise brilliant career for the veteran pass rusher.

After he once again started off at a snail’s pace, his re-emergence of late has been huge. In addition to his sack production, he also made a monster impact on the football game. He forced a fumble and was a thorn in quarterback Carson Palmer‘s side all afternoon long.

The Philadelphia Eagles‘ defense is playing at a very high level right now. For the last eight games they have held offenses to 21 points or less. Davis has proved to be a great hire for head coach Chip Kelly.

As long as this defense holds down the fort and keeps opponents to 21 points or fewer this team will win its fair share of games. The Eagles’ offense is as explosive as any team in the league, and they actually lead the entire league in plays of 20 yards or more.

The point is we can expect the offense to put up yards and points on a weekly basis. If the defense can match the offense’s consistency, as they look to be doing, watch out for this team in December and ultimately January.

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