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October 18, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
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.
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October 9, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
THE TURNING point of the Eagles' victory at the Giants Sunday probably was Mychal Kendricks' interception of Eli Manning early in the fourth quarter, the play before Nick Foles hit Brent Celek for a touchdown. Kendricks' grab started a flurry of three fourth-quarter Manning picks. If you were watching on TV and saw the replays, you know that the turning point easily could have turned the other way. Though Eagles defensive end Trent Cole said afterward he didn't know what happened, Cole clearly raked a hand across Manning's helmet as the QB let go of the ball, which caromed off the Giants' center and blooped to Kendricks.
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October 4, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
FALL BOW SEASON opened Sept. 14 in New Jersey. Trent Cole already has downed two deer. Quarterback season opened Sept. 9. Cole has yet to bag a QB. He hasn't even scared many. As a matter of fact, Cole hasn't recorded a sack in six games, dating back to 2012. He has been credited with only two hurries this season. Mention this to him, and . . . he flashes his million-dollar smile? Sure. He has been waiting for this issue to arise; and, like any good huntsman, he is prepared.
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October 3, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
OF ALL THE FAITHS the Eagles beseech from their following, the hardest to practice is faith in Michael Vick. No quarterback in the NFL today is more difficult to quantify, to grade, to measure by effectiveness and performance. Predictably, Michael Vick lacks a No. 1 receiver. Alarmingly, he lacks a viable offensive line. Remarkably, as the quarterback of a 1-3 team outclassed in its last two games, he lacks bad stats. Vick's 93.2 passer rating after four games not only is more than 10 points higher than his career rate, it would be the second-best rating of his nine seasons as a starter if it remains that high.
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September 26, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME the Eagles went to Denver was the final game of Terrell Owens' Eagles career, though nobody knew it that day. The Birds lost, 49-21, on Oct. 30, 2005, though Owens took a Donovan McNabb pass 91 yards for a touchdown. Later that week, Owens would give an ESPN interview that would reopen his rift with McNabb, and stuff just seemed to snowball from there. But that was probably the game that showed us the defending NFC champions, though they came home 4-3, weren't going back to the Super Bowl.
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September 17, 2013 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Here are some observations and ruminations about Sunday's Chargers-Eagles game: Lane Johnson may end up looking back upon his first Eagles home game as a learning experience, but the rookie right tackle had several moments he would surely like to forget. His lowest point came when he was called for an illegal formation - he wasn't set at the line - and a DeSean Jackson 37-yard touchdown reception was nullified. The Eagles eventually had to settle for a field goal on the drive.
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September 13, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THERE CERTAINLY were moments last season for Mychal Kendricks, flashes of the play the Eagles envisioned when they drafted him in the second round out of Cal. But as a rookie on a bad defense, Kendricks never quite became a consistent force. Monday night at Washington, Kendricks was all over the field, leading an aggressive defensive effort against Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. The Eagles' D was far from perfect - we didn't just imagine all those preseason coverage issues, RGIII exploited them late in the game - but the defense forced three turnovers and tallied a safety.
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September 12, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Throughout the preseason, the Eagles defense appeared as if it would be the team's liability this season. In Monday's 33-27 win over the Washington Redskins, it suddenly appeared to be a competent, capable unit. If it seemed to happen overnight, it's understandable. Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon admitted after the game that the Eagles defense surprised Washington, showing unfamiliar looks, and that the Redskins weren't prepared to attack. "We opened up the playbook," Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin said.
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September 12, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN THE Eagles hired Chip Kelly last January and it became clear he would deep-six their 4-3 defensive scheme and replace it with a 3-4, many of us wondered what that meant for Trent Cole. Cole had spent eight seasons with the Eagles. He was one of the NFL's premier pass-rushing defensive ends. His 71 sacks are the third most in franchise history, behind only Hall of Famer Reggie White (124) and Clyde Simmons (76). But he had a career-low three sacks last season, albeit playing with a broken hand, and will turn 31 early next month, which, for an NFL defensive lineman, is considered the early stages of rigor mortis.
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September 6, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If the Eagles are going to be successful this season, and not merely interesting in a lab experiment kind of way, the most valuable player on the football team may be Connor Barwin. Assuming the offense can score points as expected in Chip Kelly's frenetic manner, then it will be up to the defense to actually come through and not give the games back to the other teams. For that to happen, the newly installed 3-4 defense has to function properly, particularly in the base defense, when the outside linebackers have to be able to cover pass receivers.
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