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November 6, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since he joined the Eagles as an unheralded fifth-round draft choice in 2005, defensive end Trent Cole has made his reputation by sacking quarterbacks. He had five his first year - while making just seven starts - but recorded eight or more in each of the next six seasons, two of which ended with Pro Bowl honors. So for Cole, this season has been baffling, because he has recorded just 11/2 sacks for the 3-4 Eagles. And the struggles aren't limited to Cole. The Eagles have recorded just nine sacks overall.
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September 7, 2009 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hugh Douglas, the Eagles' most proficient pass-rusher during coach Andy Reid's first four seasons as head coach, had signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2003 free-agent period, and now the search was on for the team's next disruptive defensive end. The draft seemed like a logical place to start, so the Eagles maneuvered from the 30th overall pick to the 15th selection and grabbed Jerome McDougle from the University of Miami. Oops, that didn't work. They also took McDougle's Miami teammate Jamaal Green in the fourth round of that same draft.
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August 29, 2010
A magnetic resonance imaging on Trent Cole's right ankle Saturday revealed no structural damage, the Eagles said. The defensive end is listed as day to day with a mild ankle sprain. Cole injured the ankle in the second quarter of the Eagles' 20-17 preseason win Friday night at Kansas City. He had to be carted off the field. "Well I'm good nothing serious," Cole tweeted. "Time to recover and get after Green Bay. " The Eagles will play their final preseason game Thursday against the New York Jets.
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January 22, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Staff
Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, a major hunting enthusiast, is snubbing a Pennsylvania sports expo because it has banned sales of certain rifles variously described as "modern sporting rifles," "tactical rifles" or "assault weapons. " Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, scheduled for Feb. 2 to 10 in Harrisburg, bills itself as "THE Sportsman Show," and was expected to draw about 200,000 visitors and feature 1,200 exhibitors. Many sportsmen, however, seem to be upset that the show's organizers have failed to fully support the constitutional right to bear arms.
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December 5, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Playing on the defensive line for Jim Washburn required an understanding of the controversial coach who was loyal to his players and often effective in developing their pass-rushing skills. Washburn could be abrasive, and his style has come under criticism since the Eagles fired him on Monday, but respect remains. "If you're one of the guys on the D-line, we know how he is," defensive end Trent Cole said Tuesday. "So we're used to that. We're used to . . . I don't know what you call it. But we had that [close]
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November 27, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One of the bright spots of an otherwise gloomy Eagles season has been the rapid development of rookie defensive end Trent Cole. A fifth-round draft choice from the University of Cincinnati, Cole made his first NFL start last week against the New York Giants a memorable one, with two sacks and six tackles in the Eagles' 27-17 loss. Cole is second on the team with five sacks, all in the last three games, with two against Dallas and one against the Washington Redskins. His emergence has coincided with improved play of fellow defensive end Jevon Kearse.
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May 29, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Trent Cole arrived in Philadelphia, he was a fifth-round pick recovering from two bouts of pneumonia and felt decidedly out of place in a big city hundreds of miles removed from the rural stretches of Ohio where he spent his childhood hunting. "When I first got here, I was like, 'Man, I don't know about this,' " Cole said. "I'm serious, I told 'em, 'Direct me to the woods.' " Eight years later, Cole is one of the three longest-tenured Eagles and has established himself as one of the most prolific pass rushers in the NFL. He still has a noticeable drawl - when he says "woods" it sounds as if he's using four O's, not two - but South Jersey and Philadelphia have become home.
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July 28, 2013
The way Chip Kelly and Billy Davis have put it, the Eagles are going from one end of the spectrum to the other as they transition from the wide-nine, 4-3 defensive front to a two-gap 3-4. Where they stop along the scale will depend on several factors, but above all it will hinge on ex-4-3 defensive ends such as Trent Cole and Brandon Graham and their ability to adapt to becoming stand-up outside linebackers that can both pass-rush and drop into...
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May 22, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
After closing time at Club Chipper, the hot new dance spot in South Philadelphia, the patrons clear out pretty fast. They have to exit via a hallway lined with blowups of newspaper pages celebrating great moments in Eagles history - if you define Eagles history as things that happened since the NovaCare Complex opened in 2001. What is striking is how ancient that history is beginning to feel. To many of the players leaving Chip Kelly's aerobics/football class Monday, the names and faces on the walls are those of strangers.
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September 8, 2005 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Trent Cole is just a country boy in the big city. Right now the rookie defensive end from rural southern Ohio is looking for two things: an opportunity on the field and a new hunting partner. Cole, a fifth-round draft pick out of Cincinnati, has survived the first test by making the Eagles' roster. He sees a chance to make an impact. The Eagles released veteran defensive end Hugh Douglas, and Jerome McDougle is not expected to return from a gunshot wound until five or six weeks into the season.
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March 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though they ranked second to last in the NFL in sacks per pass play last season, the Eagles aren't likely to hit the panic button and overspend for an edge rusher in free agency. Do they need to upgrade at outside linebacker or at the least bolster a unit that accounted for only 16 of 37 sacks last season? Certainly. But there is more to a successful pass rush than sacks. The Eagles actually had an above-average defense in that regard, according to Football Outsiders' rankings.
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March 9, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the time Howie Roseman was awarded a desk in the Eagles office through his ascension in the football operations staff, and even in his first three years as general manager, the pass rushers Roseman sought all would play in a similar defensive scheme. Not until Roseman helped court Chip Kelly in January 2013 did his scouting require him to pinpoint edge rushers whose positions are listed as "OLB" and not "DE. " The NFL's vernacular is changing when it comes to pass rushers, because one size does not fit all. Fifteen NFL teams run a 3-4 base defense and 17 teams run a 4-3. The Eagles moved from the 4-3 to the 3-4 last season.
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February 22, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Before free agency, before the draft, the Eagles need to make decisions on players who make up approximately one-third of their current roster. It is likely that coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman have decided which players will go, which ones will stay, which ones they'll approach about restructuring their salaries, and which ones they'll dangle in a possible trade. But with the start of free agency more than two weeks away and the market still far from being set, the impetus to, say, negotiate contract extensions for free-agent wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, won't come until the March 11 deadline nears.
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December 25, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The home-team locker room at Lincoln Financial Field was all but empty early Monday morning when Trent Cole appraised an Eagles season unlike any he had experienced before. Cole has started for the Eagles defense since 2005. Selected in that year's draft, he and guard Todd Herremans are the longest-tenured Eagles on the 2013 roster. They arrived at an interesting moment in the team's history. Under Andy Reid, with Donovan McNabb at quarterback, the Eagles had reached four consecutive NFC championship games and lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
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December 24, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
IF YOU WENT back and looked at the league's scouting evaluations of Trent Cole before the 2005 draft, you likely would see the same two words on almost every one of those reports: high motor. He wasn't the fastest linebacker/defensive end in that draft, and at 6-2 and just 236 pounds at the time, he certainly wasn't the biggest. But he was an effort player who knew only one speed. That was true then. It still is true nine NFL seasons later. That jet-engine motor of his helped him go from a fifth-round nobody to an NFL starter.
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December 21, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Raise your hand if you were certain before or even during this season that Trent Cole wouldn't be back with the Eagles in 2014. Count Cole among the many. In fact, the defensive-end-turned-outside linebacker wasn't sure he would make it to 2013 after the Eagles hired Chip Kelly and he was told the defense was moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4. "There's a lot of things you think about when a new coaching staff comes in," Cole said Thursday. "They'll bring their own players in, and they do their own thing.
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December 10, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
RESILIENCE somehow defeated hypothermia and malaise and, ultimately, resulted in a happy delirium. Brent Celek slid in the snow 10 yards shy of a sure touchdown then giddily ran back to the huddle, the game in the bag. Lane Johnson flopped on his back, looking like a snow angel in the end zone. Over 3 1/2 hours of whiteout insanity, the Eagles turned a nightmare before Christmas into their own wintry fairy land. "Most fun game I've ever been involved with," Jason Kelce said.
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December 5, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE BIGGEST difference between the Eagles' 2012 defense and this one, the group that hasn't allowed more than 21 points in any of its last eight games, just might be Connor Barwin. It's a little hard to isolate a single factor, when a team changes schemes, coordinators, cornerbacks, and other stuff, but, hey, the Eagles host the Lions on Sunday. Barwin is from the Detroit area, he has an outline of the Motor City skyline tattooed on the inside of his right biceps. Plus, defensive coordinator Bill Davis set the table for us nicely yesterday.
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December 3, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took just three plays for the Eagles to force a turnover in their first game in two weeks. It was clear that an idle week had not disrupted the Eagles' November momentum. Their hot streak continued into December on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles' 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals marked the team's fourth consecutive victory and kept them in the thick of playoff contention. The Eagles forced three Cardinals turnovers and did not commit a turnover. In a fourth-quarter game that included more late-game struggles, the turnover differential helped the Eagles escape with a 7-5 record.
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December 3, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
COMING OFF of their Week 12 bye, the Eagles' defense knew it would be challenged with a different type of quarterback in Arizona's Carson Palmer. Unlike the mobile quarterbacks they faced during the month of November, Palmer was less of a threat to run, which allowed the Eagles to rush the 33-year-old veteran. With numerous blitz packages throughout their 24-21 victory against Arizona yesterday, the Eagles sacked Palmer five times and forced three turnovers en route to the defense's eighth straight effort in which they allowed 21 points or less.
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