Tag:Trent Cole
Posted on: August 17, 2010 10:12 am

Hot Routes 8.17.10: Empire State of Mind

Posted by Will Brinson

There's really no need to chastise me for the title. I've already hit my head on my desk 15 times since I put it in there. As always, if you've got a link for the Hot Routes, follow us on Twitter @CBSSportsNFL or feel free to email links to will [dot] brinson [at] cbs [dot] com .
  • It warrants mentioning what new Giant linebacker Keith Bulluck said to the New York Times before last night's contest that clearly decided who was New York's most important football team: “If you’re from New York, you know who New York’s football team is: the New York Giants,” Bulluck said. “I’m a Mets fan, but I know who New York’s baseball team is: the New York Yankees. The Jets haven’t won nothing since Broadway Joe. ” Who's excite for this "rivalry" to be as annoying as Red Sox - Yankees within the next six months? /raises hand
  • Like video highlights of football without feeling dirty for viewing them illegally? My man Brian Bassett at The Jets Blog has your one-stop spot for everything Jets and Giants related from last night.
  • Al Harris (he of the Chicago Bears in the 1980's) missed the Bears' 1985 Super Bowl run because he sat out the season with a contract dispute. Sound familiar yet? Because Gary Myers of the New York Daily News believes Darrelle Revis could also suffer the same fate. Unfortunately, the Jets ALREADY WON THE 2010 SUPER BOWL. IT'S TOO LATE, DARRELLE! MUAHAHAHA ... Er, sorry. I watched "Hard Knocks" again this morning.
  • The guys at "New Meadlowlands Stadium" (I'm waiting for their price to drop to seven figures before I cut the check and get it named "Brinsonland World Stadium") want to play the role of Switzerland , remaining neutral in the Jets-Giants semi-war. But, duh, that's just good bizness.

Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:38 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 12:50 pm

Position rankings: defensive ends

Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on defensive ends.
D. Freeney (US Presswire)
Andy Benoit’s top five

5. Richard Seymour, Raiders

4. Justin Tuck, Giants

3. Mario Williams, Texans

2. Jared Allen, Vikings

1. Dwight Freeney, Colts

Since we’re classifying Haloti Ngata as a DT, Seymour sneaks in as arguably the NFL’s best run-defending end.

Tuck is by far the best left end in the game. Left ends tend to be run-stopping anchors. Tuck is strong enough to do this, but his sinewy frame and athletic versatility also enable him to turn the corner or attack gaps inside. What’s more, Tuck has arguably the richest repertoire of one-on-one moves in the league.

Williams is blessed with every athletic gift man possesses – including the strength and speed to both anchor and chase against the run. He needs to command more attention on a weekly basis, though.

Allen is impossible to contain without double teams, and even then, he’ll still wear an opponent down. Everyone talks about Freeney’s speed and spin move, but his greatest asset is actually his bull-rush.

Josh Katzowitz’s top five

5. Justin Tuck, Giants

4. Trent Cole, Eagles

3. Mario Williams, Texans

2. Jared Allen, Vikings

1. Dwight Freeney, Colts

Yet another similar list where there’s hardly any disagreement. Either I’m learning something from you, Andy, or your film-watching, note-taking, research-doing, obsessive-compulsive nature is being badly influenced by me.

You want to talk about a pass-rusher, you talk about Freeney. He had an amazing first four years of his career, and after slumping (in part, because of injury) in 2006-07, he’s returned to form the past two seasons. He’s a troublemaker for even the NFL’s best offensive tackles, because he can go inside on them and still get to the quarterback.

In the past three years, Allen has recorded at least 14.5 sacks, accumulated at least 50 tackles and caused at least three forced fumbles. He’s simply one of the top DEs in the NFL. He’s rather average against the run, which is why he’s not No. 1 on my list, but the man can rush the quarterback. Combine him with teammate DE Ray Edwards and Minnesota DT Kevin Williams – our unanimous pick for the top 4-3 DT – and the Vikings front line is the scariest in football.

Good thing the Texans didn’t take Reggie Bush with the No. 1 pick in 2006, eh? Instead of a RB that hasn’t lived up to his billing, Houston got a player who’s improved immensely the past three seasons and anchors that defense.

Did you know Cole has 42 sacks since 2006? Maybe not, because Cole flies a little under the radar, but the Pro Bowls in 2007 and 2009 won’t be his last. Tuck’s quickness is one of his biggest strengths, but you don’t like to see his sacks go from 12 in 2008 to six in 2009.

Andy’s rebuttal

Credit Charley Casserly for making the Mario Williams pick. That was Casserly’s last stand as the general manager in Houston. I had an opportunity to ask Casserly once if he ever looks back on that pick and smiles satisfactorily for proving so many people wrong. He basically said he was so dialed in on his job at the time that he never really knew there was much controversy surrounding the Williams pick. He wasn’t boasting or being coy – he was just stating a simple truth.

I love Cole. Not only is he a fantastic edge-rusher – which is due to his leverage as much as his speed – but he’s a terrific run-defender, as well. Cole maneuvers through the trash and makes stops as well as any player in the league.

That’s the nice thing about our DE lists: there are no Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilia types. Everyone here is an elite four-down player.

Josh’s final word

That’s funny: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilia is actually No. 6 on my list.

I don’t buy that for a second about Casserly – now one of CBS’ own analysts. I’m sure that, wherever he lives, before he goes to bed, he walks outside in his slippers and pajamas, looks at the moon, shakes his fist at the sky and says, “Dammit, I was right! I was right!” And before he goes inside to drift off into a fitful slumber, he turns back and screams to the heavens, “And Bill Belichick can suck it!”

Other positions: Safety | Cornerback | 3-4 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Punter  | Kicker | 4-3 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Inside Linebacker | Defensive Tackle)

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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