"When you're making plays that Brandon's been making," Ryans said, "you get your confidence back. And now you're seeing his confidence is there and he's hard to stop. He's a problem for a lot of offenses, and it's fun to see. I enjoy watching him."
Cox, their first-round draft pick last spring, has 5.5 sacks, third among NFL rookies, and is just as stout against the run.
"He is a beast," Graham said. "He knows his moves and everything the coaches tell him to do in practice, it's working. He is more comfortable and settled, just like me. He feels like it's like college all over again. We were just talking about that. We just have to go out there, have confidence and do our jobs. That's what he is doing."
Said defensive coordinator Todd Bowles: "[Cox is] playing back to how he used to play in college. He's getting more comfortable, so he's getting better as it goes."
In the two games Kendricks has played on the weak side, after spending the first 12 on the strong side, he has contributed 11 tackles and four pass breakups.
"He had a couple of nice breakups yesterday in nickel coverage," coach Andy Reid said Friday. "On one of them he was covering the tight end and was spectacular, which was the SAM [strong side] linebacker position, the same one before the switch. But at WILL [weak side], he looks more comfortable. That's kind of his natural position. I thought he did a good job there for the most part yesterday."
Johnson has pure speed and is starting to find his range as a punt returner. He even took one back 98 yards for a touchdown against Dallas on Dec. 2.
Last but not least is Foles, who despite deceivingly poor numbers (16-for-33, 182 yards, 62.9 passer rating) against Cincinnati moved closer to proving he has what it takes to win in this league.
Foles played infinitely better than those statistics.
But like some of the others, he will need the right coach or staff to perhaps keep him from taking a step back next year.
But with the right coach and right system, look out. The 2013 Eagles, with a few personnel tweaks, could be just as lethal as anyone in the league and certainly the NFC East.