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March 6, 2015
THE EAGLES yesterday announced they have released linebacker Trent Cole, as expected. A fifth-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2005 out of Cincinnati, the 32-year-old Cole ranks second in Eagles history with 85 1/2 sacks in 10 seasons, trailing only Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White. A two-time Pro Bowl selection (2007, '09) and an All-Pro honoree in 2009, Cole appeared in 155 games (145 starts) in a Philadelphia uniform, totaling 795 tackles and 20 multi-sack games. "We spoke with Trent and his agent and expressed a desire to have him back," said Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
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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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December 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Outside linebacker Trent Cole fractured a bone in his hand against the Cowboys on Sunday night, an NFL source said Monday. It's unclear whether the Eagles veteran will need season-ending surgery. Even if he doesn't, Cole would be a long shot to play against the Washington Redskins on Saturday. Cole was unavailable for comment after the game. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he didn't have an update on Cole at his Monday news conference. If Cole is sidelined, Brandon Graham would start at the "Predator" outside linebacker spot opposite Connor Barwin.
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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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March 5, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles continued to reshape their roster and clear salary-cap space Tuesday by determining that they will release outside linebacker Trent Cole after 10 years with the team and jettisoning veteran cornerback Cary Williams after two seasons in Philadelphia. The moves, coupled with the trade of running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo, left the Eagles with about $50 million in salary-cap space to use in free agency, which begins March 10. The Eagles did not discuss the moves on Tuesday night.
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February 26, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - A tumultuous year in which Howie Roseman was removed from football operations in favor of Chip Kelly only to be reinstated after Kelly was fired illustrated that the two men had many differences. But as much as they seemingly had polar opposite personalities and football backgrounds, Roseman and Kelly differed on how to manage the Eagles roster and salary cap. It could be said that Kelly's free spending ways ultimately did him in, and as a result made Roseman even more attractive to owner Jeffrey Lurie.
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January 10, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Chip Kelly interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, according to multiple reports. It was Kelly's first known interview since the Eagles fired him last week. The 49ers fired Jim Tomsula on Sunday after a 5-11 season. They have 12 draft picks this year to go along with potentially $40 million in cap space. There is uncertainty at quarterback, where Colin Kaepernick was benched last season. If healthy and if the 49ers decide to keep him, Kaepernick could be the type of dynamic dual-threat quarterback that Kelly only briefly had in his offense in Philadelphia with Michael Vick.
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January 3, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
I COME TO bury lame-duck Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis, but also to praise him, something that no doubt will enrage Eagles fans who are sure Davis is a main reason their team missed the playoffs the past two seasons. Davis' group disintegrated in the second half of this, his third season on the job. The Birds' "D" was never really strong at any point in the Chip Kelly-Davis era, but the ugly numbers the Eagles put up down the stretch this season - with what should have been Davis' most talented cast, best-suited to his 3-4 scheme - are historic.
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November 20, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
BRANDON GRAHAM long ago gave up fretting about what other people think of him. If you still think the Eagles screwed up royally five years ago when they selected Graham with the 13th pick in the 2010 draft instead of safety Earl Thomas or defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, well, that's your problem, not his. He is comfortable in his own skin, comfortable with the player he has become. And frankly, so are the Eagles. As the third outside linebacker last year behind Trent Cole and Connor Barwin, he played 499 snaps and had 5 1/2 sacks and a team-high four forced fumbles.
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September 19, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The focus when something goes wrong on defense against the passing game is always on the back end. You see the cornerbacks running two or three steps behind the receivers. You see safeties arriving too late to help. You see linebackers unable to cover running backs and tight ends. You see chaos and quickly pin the blame on the guys with all the rules stacked against them. We saw lots of that in the Eagles' Monday night loss in Atlanta, which is why Byron Maxwell has quickly become the $63 million question mark rather than the solution to the secondary problems that led to coach Chip Kelly's major offseason overhaul.
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September 18, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE QUESTION was about the Eagles' defensive scheme, specifically its culpability in Monday night's 26-24 loss in Atlanta. DeMeco Ryans flashed that 'tweener smile of his, simultaneously friendly and condescending, and spit this out: "It has nothing to do with the scheme," he said. "It never matters what kind of scheme, what kind of calls you have . . . No matter what scheme you're in. It's all about players making plays. " Which is interesting, because the narrative about Bill Belichick's genius and chicanery is that he schemes to beat whoever he's playing that week.
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August 17, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham can bench-press 225 pounds in 28 repetitions faster than any other outside linebacker on the Eagles. He can push a 20-pound medicine ball in an allotted amount of time farther than anyone else at his position. Connor Barwin called Graham "probably the strongest guy on our team. " Asked to name an intangible the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Graham has that offsets what he lacks in length, coach Chip Kelly said: "His power. " If it weren't for his strength, along with some freakish athleticism, the stout Graham probably wouldn't be back for a sixth season in Philadelphia.
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August 15, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Bill Davis gives a great news conference. He's expansive and informative and never condescending to a questioner. He maintains excellent eye contact, moves his hands in gestures that are both welcoming and non-distracting, and often tells the truth. When he speaks about the Eagles defense, even if the defense is not performing well, he is reassuring, because once Davis is finished speaking, one comes away from the conference thinking, Well, at least Bill knows what he's doing. The trouble with Davis' news conferences - those he has given over his first two years as the Eagles' defensive coordinator, anyway - is that he's had to be reassuring too frequently.
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August 12, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
ANDERSON, Ind. - The clock is ticking for Trent Cole and Todd Herremans, and they know it. The two ex-Eagles will turn 33 in October. They've been together for 10 seasons and logged a combined 269 regular-season starts since being taken 20 selections apart by the Eagles in the 2005 draft. Both have lived a pretty full NFL life, with few regrets, save one. They still don't have a Super Bowl ring. That quest has brought both of them to this quiet college town 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis, where the Colts are holding training camp at Anderson University.
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June 18, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TRAVIS LONG feels Sam Bradford's pain. The Eagles linebacker knows what it's like to have a torn ACL knock you down not once, but twice. He knows what it's like to spend lonely months recovering from the devastating injury, and then, just when you feel whole again, just when you think it's OK to smile again, bam, it happens again. Bradford's back-to-back ACL injuries to his left knee are all anybody can talk about around here, and rightfully so. His ability to make a full recovery from his latest ACL tear and stay healthy very well could help determine whether the Eagles are able to make a serious Super Bowl run this season or miss the playoffs again.
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