Fletcher Cox’s regression has arrived and here’s some evidence

Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
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Fletcher Cox #91, Philadelphia Eagles
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2. Just look at Fletcher Cox’s numbers.

Believe it or not, we’re almost one month into the NFL season. The Eagles have played three games, and in two of them, Fletcher Cox hasn’t logged a single tackle. He didn’t produce a single defensive stat in Week 1, and outside of the fumble recovery in Week 3, nothing of note happened versus the Cowboys either.

What’s that saying? Wasn’t it something to the effect that people lie but numbers don’t? Again, let’s state the obvious. Fletcher Cox is one of the greatest Eagles of all time, but we used to say that he was the game’s second-best defensive tackle. That isn’t the case anymore.

According to Pro Football Focus, Cox is ranked 75th out of 122 qualified interior defensive linemen. He’s ranked 48th in run defense with a 62.5 grade. He’s 59th in terms to pass-rushing interior defensive linemen with a grade of 61.7. He has an overall grade of 59.1.

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He had four pressures in Week 1. He’s tallied one pressure since. If this was anyone other than Cox, we’d be complaining.

Yes, Fletcher Cox is a shoo-in for the Eagles’ Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but it’s obvious that the end may be near. We first learned that with the eyeball test. Now, it appears that the numbers are also supporting the theory. As it stands right now, he’s getting by on reputation more than actual results.