Early on in the 2011 season, the Eagles played the Falcons on Sunday Night Football. The box score for Trent Cole read 6 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL’s, but that did little to tell the story of what Cole actually did in that game. He basically made a mockery of Falcons LT Sam Baker’s attempts to keep him from from looking like little more than a tackle sled. Whatever he went to… the bull rush (especially the bull rush), the arm over, the rip, it didn’t matter. Baker could do absolutely nothing to keep Cole from collapsing the pocket on virtually every pass play and making life miserable for Matt Ryan. It was one of the most dominant performances I’ve ever seen from a defensive lineman.
I think that’s kinda of the thing with Trent Cole. His stats are good, but I don’t think they truly tell the story of how good a football player he is. He’s a great pass rusher, and an elite run stopper from the DE position, and a leader in the locker room.
This morning the Eagles gave him a contract extension, although details are currently unavailable. Yesterday, they extended Todd Herremans. It looks like a pattern. Ross Tucker had an interesting thought on what’s going on here: