Eagles Notebook: Eagles' Cole: 'The sacks will come'

DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Trent Cole is due for 'a breakout game,' according to his defensive coordinator.
DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Trent Cole is due for 'a breakout game,' according to his defensive coordinator.
Posted: October 18, 2013

BEFORE THE real games started, Trent Cole was emphatic about adjusting well to becoming a 3-4 outside linebacker, after eight seasons as a 4-3 defensive end. He told reporters to just watch, if they didn't believe him.

Half a dozen sackless contests later, Cole remains confident that he can do the job, but he's willing to acknowledge the adjustment hasn't been easy. He got caught flatfooted in coverage at least once on a long pass play Sunday at Tampa. As a rusher, he seems to be around the quarterback a lot but not quite able to get there in time for a sack.

Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said this week he thinks Cole is due for "a breakout game, and you'll see the work he's put in." Opposing teams still devote a good bit of attention to Cole, double-teaming here, chipping there. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett mentioned Cole first yesterday when asked on a conference call about Eagles defenders other teams must plan for.

"The timing's a little different" rushing from the linebacker spot, Cole conceded. "I'm learning how to play standing up, still."

Cole said moving back and forth, play to play, from hand-down end to outside 'backer, as he does in Davis' defense, is a challenge.

"The sacks will come," Cole said. "For people who want to criticize, make sure you watch the game."

We're still watching.

Chip on Romo

Quarterback Tony Romo certainly has his detractors, as was evidenced a week-and-a-half ago, when his late interception undercut an extraordinary effort in the Dallas Cowboys' 51-48 loss to the visiting Denver Broncos.

As you might imagine, Chip Kelly is not among those detractors, as he and his players prepare to welcome Romo and the Cowboys.

"I think he's got a great feel for how to play quarterback," Kelly said. "He's got an innate ability in the pocket - he's extremely accurate when he throws, but he also has an uncanny ability just to keep plays alive . . . He looks similar to a Tom Brady in that fashion where they're always moving, always just put themselves in the right position to make the throw at the right time. When you watch him play the position, it's impressive. I think he has the right feel, his eyes are always downfield and he's always looking and hunting out receivers and trying to make the big play, and he's really done a nice job of it.

"I think they're doing a lot more with him calling plays at the line of scrimmage, so he's putting them in the right situation at certain times. It's a tough package to defend."

Back on the right foot

Wideout B.J. Cunningham said that when he was released with a broken foot early in training camp, he had no idea he'd ever be an Eagle again. But the Birds called him at home in Michigan to set up a workout, they liked what they saw, and this week Cunningham joined the 53-man roster.

Tight end Emil Igwenagu, cut when Cunningham was added, joined the practice squad yesterday.

Cunningham, a sixth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2012, said he doesn't know what to expect, other than that he'll have to play well on special teams.


Nick Foles was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week yesterday . . . Though Chip Kelly had said earlier in the week he thought left tackle Jason Peters would be practicing fully by Wednesday, Peters was listed as a nonparticipant yesterday with a shoulder injury suffered in the Tampa game . . . Running back Chris Polk also sat out, also with a shoulder issue . . . Michael Vick (hamstring) and safety Patrick Chung (shoulder) were among those listed as "limited." There was no substantive update on Vick. He remains unlikely to quarterback the team against Dallas . . . LeSean McCoy acknowledged the obvious, that it's a big deal the Cowboys will be without defensive leader DeMarcus Ware this weekend. "That's a guy we feared, a guy that you try to change the protection, add a little bit more blocking," McCoy said.

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