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Old 12-26-2009, 07:23 AM   #1
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Default Eagles ready to take on Broncos' Dumervil

Eagles ready to take on Broncos' Dumervil

POSTED: December 26, 2009 By LES BOWEN

ON THE SURFACE, you'd think the Eagles defensive end Trent Cole might see the Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil as a kindred spirit.

Two high-motor sack machines - Cole leads the Eagles with 11 1/2, Dumervil leads the NFL with 15. Both undersized (Cole is listed at 6-3, 270, a good 20 pounds heavier than when he was drafted in 2005; Dumervil is listed at 5-11, 248). Both middle-round draftees from less prominent college programs (Cole a fifth-rounder from Cincinnati, which wasn't very prominent in 2005, Dumervil a fourth-rounder from Louisville).

But Cole's nose crinkled when he was asked about similarities yesterday, as the Eagles wrapped up preparations for tomorrow's game against the Broncos and Dumervil. (Also, the Broncos and Brian Dawkins. Has anyone mentioned that yet?)

"He's a linebacker," Cole said.

Denver plays a 3-4, so yes, Dumervil is a pass-rushing linebacker, though until this year, he was a 4-3 end.

But it is as a linebacker that Dumervil has managed his breakout sack total, not as a hand-down d-end, and to Cole, that's a critical difference, even though Eagles coach Andy Reid said yesterday that Dumervil typically works against tackles.

"Totally different rushing," Cole said. "I use my hands to get around my guy. He's more pick-a-gap, shooting gaps, running over running backs. I'd say he goes over a lot of running backs. I've seen him get some sacks off of tackles, but mostly running backs. He's moving around, he gets to shoot gaps."

If that's the case, then maybe it's a good thing for the Eagles that Brian Westbrook is scheduled to return tomorrow; even if Westbrook isn't ready to dance through defenses 20 or 30 times a game yet, he has always been among the very best at pass blocking.

Reid was considerably more effusive when discussing Dumervil.

"They're just not giving them to him. He's normally going against [other teams'] best offensive lineman," Reid said. "He can bring it."

The Eagles' left tackle, Jason Peters, seems to be at his healthiest and most productive now. Peters was not available to discuss Dumervil, but right tackle Winston Justice was. Dumervil probably will face Peters more, but Justice expects to see a decent amount of the sack leader, who does move around, as Cole noted.

"He's so low to the ground. He uses his hands well," Justice said, when asked how a 5-11 rusher can be so effective. "It's going to be challenge for me and Jason . . . I think [the 3-4] fits him better."

Justice said he thinks Dumervil is helped just by the novelty of his build; o-tackles are used to sparring with taller, lankier guys, with whom the leverage works differently.

The Eagles were using safety-turned-linebacker Rashard Langford, (listed at 6-1, 213) to mimic Dumervil this week, until Langford got an unexpected Christmas gift Thursday night - Santa brought him a Chiefs uniform after Langford was signed by Kansas City.

"I think his size, he can get his hands inside a lot easier than guys who are tall. He might be at a disadvantage as far as his reach," Langford said before he left, when asked about Dumervil.

"He's a unique player," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "And you'd better take care of him."
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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Trent Cole must be retarded.

Changed my mind. Denver wins this game now.
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Old 12-26-2009, 02:12 PM   #3
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Elvis needs a big game this week. It's that simple.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:25 PM   #4
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elvis has turf toe...i won't count on a big game
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