Eagles veteran, and former defensive end Trent Cole, made an impressive debut as outside linebacker on Monday night against the Washington Redskins. Since he started with the Eagles in 2005, the defensive end has had 465 tackles, 110 assisted tackles, 71 sacks, and 14 forced fumbles in the regular season.
Nevertheless, after Cole’s dreadful 2012 season with only 3.5 sacks, Cole dominated at his new position.
Per Reuben Frank:
“This is exciting for me, a new position. It is a start for me. I’m just going to continue improving and improving.”
On Monday night, Cole had four tackles, a forced fumble, was credited with a safety and had a tackle to stop the run for a loss of yards in the second half. After his performance against the Redskins, where could he improve?
Critics questioned how Cole would acclimate to dropping back in coverage, and said he didn’t know how to play in the 3-4. But after Monday, Cole shut ‘em up.
The 6’3 270 lbs. outside linebacker is the leader of the defense, and although Washington added 20 points to the scoreboard, Eagles defense is only improving.
Per Dave Spadero:
“We gained some confidence,” said Cole. “To come in here and beat the Redskins, it’s the way we wanted to start the season.”
Well, it’s only week one, but after Monday Cole and the Eagles defense are definitely here to stay.