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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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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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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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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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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
One week into the NFL season, the Eagles are in the odd position of alternately hoping that last year's results meant something and also hoping they meant very little. On one hand, they would certainly like to see the Nick Foles of 2013 at quarterback when the season continues in Indianapolis on Monday night. Foles rebounded somewhat from a shaky first half against Jacksonville in the opener, but his overall game was not even close to the accurate and efficient play he showed a year ago. And on that other hand, the one that might be more important against the Colts, no one really wants to see the defense of 2013 back on the field again.
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September 14, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Sometimes you have to shed more than the blockers when you arrive in the NFL as a first-round draft pick being paid huge money to pursue the quarterback. Sometimes you have to blast through the hurtful rhetoric, too. Injury-prone , underachiever and, worst of all, bust have been attached to Brandon Graham's name. He heard them all. "The hardest part was hearing the fans saying what they say and hearing the media and I wasn't able to defend myself because I was hurt," the pass-rushing outside linebacker said Wednesday after the Eagles finished their first day of practice in preparation for Monday night's game against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
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September 9, 2014 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
It had been nearly three years since Darren Sproles had as many carries as he did Sunday against the Jaguars. But one rush in particular ignited the trailing Eagles and helped turn a 17-point deficit into a 17-point win. Faced with a fourth and 1 at the Jaguars' 49, the offense hustled to the line. Center Jason Kelce said the defense didn't look set, and when Sproles got the handoff in an inside zone read play, he ran through a giant hole. Kelce had the key block, and Sproles scampered virtually untouched into the end zone.
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September 5, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THE EAGLES' defense was tied for third in the NFL in takeaways last year with 31. Those takeaways, along with more of a pass rush from Trent Cole, turned a disastrous defense into a serviceable defense by the end of the season. They rescued a defense that just couldn't get off of the field, and they did it time and again. The Eagles played it safe in the secondary, choosing to keep everything in front of them - as much as they could, anyway - and take away the big plays. The Eagles themselves might not have called it bend-but-don't-break, but that was the reality most weeks.
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August 27, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
WITH A FEW notable exceptions, pass rushing historically has been a young man's game. In the last three years, a total of 58 edge rushers - 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers - have recorded 10 or more sacks in a season. Just seven of those 58 were 32 or older when they did it. Late Hall of Famer Reggie White put up 12 sacks at 34 and 11 at 36 and 16 at 37. Fellow Cantonite Bruce Smith had 84 sacks after his 32nd birthday. Kevin Greene recorded 15 sacks when he was 36 and 12 more when he was 37 before retiring.
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August 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It was another placid day at Camp Chip on Wednesday. No fights, no controversy. Very little that resembled news. Just another day of work for a team that has settled into a nice routine under a coach who is anything but routine. "We're back at it today, and that's great," Chip Kelly said. "That's why we're here. " Unlike a year ago, when everything was new on both sides of the ball and a number of jobs were up for grabs, you probably could write out the starting lineups for the Sept.
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July 29, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy emerged from the scuffle still enraged, needing to be restrained from going after Trent Cole again. The Eagles' star running back was upset when Cole, a veteran linebacker, pushed him off the line during a seven-on-seven drill Sunday. The first fight of training camp ensued. "The whole camp so far, it's been touching a little too much," McCoy said. "And I'm trying to let them know, 'It's OK if you can't cover me.' " McCoy flashed a smile and emphasized his friendship with Cole.
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July 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SOMETIMES WHEN we touch, the honesty's too much . . . LeSean McCoy has probably never heard that 1977 Dan Hill song, and he is much better for it, since it regularly earns a high spot in polls ranking the worst-ever lyrics. But McCoy had an issue with being touched yesterday by his Eagles teammate and buddy, Trent Cole, after McCoy became the 879th running back, by unofficial Daily News count, to elude the second-day training-camp pass coverage of a pursuing linebacker. Some Eagles described the touch as more of a hard bump, in what was supposed to be a noncontact session.
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June 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 165 hours each week last season, the life of Eagles linebacker Travis Long was not much different from that of the players on the active roster. He participated in every practice. He attended every meeting. He traveled on every road trip. The only difference was those three hours during the game, when his teammates wore uniforms and Long wore a warm-up suit with the other practice-squad players. "In every meeting, traveling, doing everything the same, it did make me feel a part of the team," Long said.
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June 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE WAY reporters watch Eagles organized team activities - only occasionally and even then from a distance - it's hard to reach conclusions about where Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley stand in the battle to become quarterback Nick Foles' primary backup. Sanchez has the stronger, but seemingly more erratic arm. Barkley is throwing better than he threw a year ago, when he was fresh from shoulder surgery. Sanchez is still not quite fully recovered from shoulder surgery last year, and is learning a new offense.
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