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Cole: Defense Now Looks To Retain Respect

If you know Trent Cole, you know he loves to hunt. It's no surprise that he's headed to Missouri to take part in his favorite hobby during the bye week.

At the very least, Cole can rest assured that the Eagles regained some of the respect that was lost after the Week 2 defeat at the hands of the Saints.

"We've got our swag. We know what we have to do now and we have to get after it," Cole said. "You can't mess with us coming off of a bad game. We had a chip on our shoulder. We were out for respect and to get that respect back and I think we got it back. Now, we're going to keep it."

The Chiefs were held to just 196 total yards. Larry Johnson was held to 38 yards on 19 carries.

The biggest different to getting that "swag" back in Cole's eyes was playing aggressive, yet relatively mistake-free football.

"No mistakes. Get after the ball. Beat the opponent across from you and then go make the play," Cole said. "That's what we did. I couldn't be more proud just to be with a great group of guys and to come out here and win games like this. We're hungry for the next game against the Bucs."

When asked whether the defense was more like the one that surrendered 421 yards against the Saints or the one that showed up Sunday, Cole believed that this effort should be the one that fans see each week from now on. In fact, Cole said that the Chiefs cautious and conservative approach was something he had never seen before.

"I was very surprised. I didn't know what was going on," Cole said. "I just kept seeing run, run, run, run, run, run some more, run some more. It was crazy. I had never seen anything like this before. I never saw a team that wouldn't pass the ball. I've never seen anything like it. "

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:16 p.m., September 28

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