And even though Cole has just one quarterback sack, he’s been outstanding against the run. So good, in fact, that Pro Football Focus, a group that provides metrics measuring the NFL, says that Cole is the best outside linebacker in a 3-4 against the run and ranks him as the fifth-best OLB overall in a 3-4 defense.
“I know it works now," Cole said. "It takes time and now I see how everything happens. Everybody has to do his job. That’s what I’ve learned about playing in a 3-4 defense. I haven’t changed. I’ve always been a run and pass type of player, an all-around type of player. Now I’m playing a different position and I’m enjoying it. Wherever they play me, I’m going to play my hardest and enjoy it. I’m doing my job, and I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.”