There is no doubt Philadelphia Eagles pass-rusher Trent Cole came on during the second half of the season. Seven of his eight sacks came during the stretch run as it looked like he had new life near the end of the season.
Usually Cole is known for wearing down at the end of the season, but he looked like his old self in December. In the playoffs, however, he was basically nonexistent. He had a favorable matchup against a rookie left tackle in Terron Armstead, and he failed to take advantage of it.
Cole did register a sack, but it was more of a coverage sack with Drew Brees having nowhere to go with the football. This raises the question what is Cole’s future with the Eagles? He turned 31 in October and will be approaching 32 when next season rolls around. This is right around the time when elite pass rushers begin to slow down.
For a majority of the season, Cole certainly looked like a different player, especially in the 3-4 scheme. Guys like Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry did not seem to fit either. The No. 1 need for the Eagles in my book is to get a young, dominant pass rusher.Every elite 3-4 defense needs that factor off the edge, and right now the Eagles simply don’t have it.
It is time to groom a new pass rusher. Cole was brilliant in his time with the Eagles, and he is second on the franchise sack list behind the late, great Reggie White. There is no denying how fantastic Cole has been, but his time looks to have come and gone. It is time to move on from Cole and bring in new blood to rush the passer.