Back in August, I posted some hypotheses on where exactly the Eagles might be able to find a pass rush in the 2014 season. Through most of the offseason, much of the discussion was around the absence of a premier edge rusher on the Eagles roster. Chip and Howie chose to address that position with our 1st round pick Marcus Smith but it has been pretty obvious that they were not expecting him to have an immediate impact nor replace Connor Barwin or Trent Cole at the outside linebacker position.
In that post we spoke a lot about how Billy Davis tries to scheme pressure and most notably tries to put his pass rushers in the best position to make plays. Billy Davis likes to do this with various defensive line techniques to try and create one-on-one pass rushing opportunities. The Eagles defensive line personnel do not play clearly defined techniques. In one game, you might see Trent Cole at 9-technique, 7-technique, 5-technique, 3-technique, 1-technique and even 0 technique. This is not unique to Trent Cole. Everyone along the defensive line is playing different positions but Cole might be the one showing the most diversity.