Fletcher Cox has reached a point in his career when he’s often given the benefit of the doubt. The Eagles defensive tackle may have only 5 1/2 sacks, but his NFL peers know that numbers hardly tell the story of his impact, and so Cox was voted to his third straight Pro Bowl. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz may employ a rotation-heavy front, and the plan from the start of the season may have been to decrease Cox’s snaps to keep him fresh for December and a postseason run. But when the Eagles’ best defensive player decides he wants to play more, you let him. “I kind of control my own substitution,” Cox said. “With that being said, it’s still out of respect for [line coach] Chris [Wilson] and him knowing when I can and cannot go. When I feel like I know I need a rest, I let Destiny [Vaeao] go in.” But with the Eagles engaged in tight games over the last month, and particularly the last two games, Cox has decided that he’ll have time to rest after the season. The 27-year old played 84.1 percent of the defensive snaps against the New York Giants and Raiders the last two weeks after playing only 68.7 percent in his first 11 games. “In certain situations, as one of the better players on the team, I’ve got to be on the field, especially when teams are starting at midfield,” Cox said Wednesday. “I have that about me.” In the second half of Monday night’s win, the Raiders opened five of their final eight possessions from their own 40 or better. On those five series, Oakland turned the ball over via interception, missed field goal, fumble, punt, and interception, and Cox was in the middle for most of it, creating his typical havoc.
It's time for Fletcher Cox to deliver for Eagles, and he knows it
Philly.com | Dec 29