Trent Cole. How good was he last night?
Cole, who is in his ninth season in Philadelphia, was forced to make the switch from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker and looked like he was a Pro-Bowler last night. He is a two-time Pro Bowl and was an All-Pro in 2009 as a defensive end so he isn't some dud they pulled off the streets. But I don't think anyone was expecting Cole to be that productive.
The 30 year old was everywhere on the field last night and didn't waste any time. On the Redskins' first play from scrimmage, Cole stripped Pro Bowl running back Alfred Morris to get the Eagles defense off the field after just one play.
Cole later was credited with a safety, three solo tackles, and two quarterback hits. The Cincinnati alumnus was a disruptive force all night in the Redskins backfield which was great to see. Cole proved that he can be a contributing player in the two or three-point stance.
The 2012 season was a major disappointment for most of the Eagles and Cole is no exception. Cole registered a career-low 3.0 sacks and a career-low 40 tackles with in 16 games coming of signing a four year, $55.25 million contract extension. Monday night's game helped solidify that last year might have been an anomaly because Cole looked like a guy who can still play at a very-high level in the NFL.
I loved that Cole was, not only relevant but, dominant against the Redskins. He was a little quieter in the second half and part of that can be attributed to the Eagles defensive playing less aggressive than they had in the first half. It will be fun to see what Cole has in store for Philip Rivers and the Chargers.
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