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Trent Cole Adjusting Nicely At OLB

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Trent Cole played eight years at defensive end and established himself as one of the premier players in the NFL, ranking third in franchise history in quarterback sacks and earning two Pro Bowl bids. When the Eagles switched from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, Cole moved to the outside linebacker position after years of lining up with his hand in the dirt.

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.”

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