Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox has officially been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5 of the 2015 NFL season. This is the first time in his career he's earned this award.
This award hardly comes as a surprise. Cox played like a beast in Philadelphia's 39-17 win over the New Orleans Saints. The 24-year-old defensive lineman finished with three sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He became the first Eagles players to ever do that, and he became the first NFL player to do that since 2007.
Cox is a key part of an Eagles defense that has been very good overall this season. He leads the team in sacks. Head coach Chip Kelly praised Cox earlier this week:
I really think for us, it's what Fletch has done here since we've been here. I mean, he's been a very disruptive force on the defensive line since we've been here. I think he's just starting to get noticed what he probably should have gotten before. I think you even -- you go back to last year, and an opponent is talking about going in, getting ready to play us, and they're talking about Fletcher's name.
So, he was close in a couple of our earlier games, really close a couple times in the Washington game to getting some sacks. And I know Billy [Defensive coordinator Bill Davis] says that says it happens, sometimes they just come in bunches, but I think he's played at a really high level for a while here. It's just yesterday it kind of all came together for him, but I still remember him picking up and scoring one against Jacksonville. I mean, he's made some really big plays; this wasn't his first big game for us. But, it's something that we've become kind of accustomed to because of the type of player Fletch is