Again I'm doing a post about the USA Today Player Rankings; this time, it's DE's. I know for sure some of you guys are going to disagree with me about this but I really think that Trent Cole should've gotten at least one vote in the today column.
They have two columns: Today, which represents which players are the best TODAY; and Super Bowl era, which represents which players are the best EVER. (sorry for the excessive use of the word "which")
Trent Cole had the 3rd most tackles among the top 16 DE's according to sack total last year (DeMarcus Ware, Mike Vrabel).
Notable players who were "ranked" higher than Cole in the "today" column were: Mario Williams (23 votes, 2nd), Aaron Kampman and Kyle Vanden Bosch (both had fewer sacks and tackles than Cole), Julius Peppers (2.5 sacks in 14 starts last year), Richard Seymour (1.5 sacks and 23 tackles in 9 games), and last and most certainly the very least - Aaron Smith ( please tell me if you know who the hell this guy is).
Also, this is kind of random but I also noticed that we didn't have any other players in the list of the top 41 DE's in sack total.