Philadelphia Eagles 3-4 Linebackers in Review 2013

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Nov 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Trent Cole (58) at O.co Coliseum. The Eagles defeated the Raiders 49-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

OLB Trent Cole

Making the switch from playing eight years with his hand in the dirt as a defensive end to standing up at outside linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles Trent Cole did reasonably well adjusting to the new scheme and new position. After a slow start to begin the season, Cole really turned it up a notch recording 8 sacks in the final 8 games. While primarily being used as a pass rush specialist in the 3-4, Cole seemed to play with more confidence as the year wore on. He finished the season ranked as Pro Football Focus’s 13th ranked OLB while collecting 51 total pressures. Unfortunately, with a hefty cap hit of $11.625 million next year, Cole may be seeing his last year playing for the Eagles. For a 31 year old newly-converted linebacker who is only going to get older and more expensive, he may have to restructure his deal if he has any hopes of staying with the team. I’d expect a similar year for Cole working as the Eagles’ rush linebacker and tallying about eight sacks again. Perhaps defensive coordinator Bill Davis will limit Cole with fewer snaps as they try to evaluate the other OLB’s they have on the roster and what they have moving forward.

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