Did Trent Cole wear down in 2010?
What the numbers bear out is that Cole was in fact less productive towards the end of the season. He had three sacks in the second half the season after picking up seven in the first eight games. Cole had 13 hurries in the second half, compared to 21 in the first half.
But has this always been the case? I took a look at Cole's performance in the past four seasons. Here's how those numbers look:
I thought the 2008 season was especially strong for Washburn. His Titans didn't have an end or outside 'backer with any pedigree (other than Vanden Bosch, who was hurt much of the year) and yet the team totaled 44 sacks, 10 more than the voracious Rex Ryan-led Baltimore D, and more than any other team in the AFC but Pittsburgh. Andy Reid's made a good hire there. You watch Trent Cole, who already is a terrific pass-rusher, challenge for the sack title now.
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