I Don’t See Fit For Trent Cole or Vinny Curry In Eagles New DefenseBREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, News Thursday, April 18th, 2013
I was concerned about Eagles defensive end Trent Cole before the training camp because I didn’t see a place where he fit into the Eagles future plans. Cole is very strong for his size, but he’s a 4-3 defensive end, not a linebacker and he’s not a 3-4 defensive end.
“We’re trying different things,” Cole said without a great deal of confidence. “I’ve dropped back in coverage in the past. It’s not new to me . . . We don’t know where we’re going to be at right now.”
First of all, he’s not agile enough to drop into coverage and stay with the quick, speedy running backs who come out the backfield in the NFL today. Cole could have done it when he came into the league years ago from Cincinnati, but he can’t do it now after years of getting down in a three-point stance. He hasn’t been doing it and it would be asking too much for him to change what he’s been doing that drastically. Cole is a pass rusher.
Secondly, he’s not big enough to line head up on the big offensive tackles in the league today and two-gap them. Two gapping an offensive tackle means taking him on at the snap of the ball, standing him up at the line of scrimmage, then being able to control him so that you can come off to either side of him to make the tackle. You’re responsible for the holes on either side of the offensive tackle.
You must weight at least 300 pounds to do this. Plus you need long arms and you must be as strong as a bull. Trent Cole can’t do this. He’s not big enough. His arms aren’t long enough and he’s not strong enough, although he is very strong. He’s best when he can use his combination of strength, speed and quickness on an offensive linemen.
Cole has more good football in him, so I expect him to be traded before or during the draft. He’s good enough play in the league, but I don’t think it will be here in Philadelphia.
I’m not done yet,” said Cole. “I got some years in me, and I look forward to having some great years here coming up.”
There’s an outside chance that the Birds change the defense they’re planning on running in order to find a way to get Cole on the field.
I also don’t think Vinny Curry fits the defense the Eagles are getting ready to play. Curry like Cole is a 4-3 pass rushing defensive end. I can’t see him covering a running back, tight end or anybody else who goes out on pass routes. This kid needs to have his hand down and be rushing the passer.
Right now they have Curry trying to be a 3-4 defensive end. He’s not big enough, nor strong enough to do that.
“I just want to play,” Curry said.
I think he’ll be playing somewhere else before training camp ends.
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