Brasher: Cox Will Excel in Any System

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Tommy Brasher talks with reporters. (Les Bowen/Staff)

One of the uncertainties surrounding the dismissal of defensive line coach Jim Washburn has been what this means for first-round rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who was pegged as a perfect fit for Washburn's system.

Washburn's successor, Tommy Brasher, said Thursday that Cox, 6-4, 298, could "play any scheme. He's a big, quick guy. He can play 3-4, he can paly the scheme I'm teaching, he can play the scheme anybody teaches, he's got that much physical ability."

Brasher spoke to reporters after his second day of practice with the Birds. Brasher, who turns 72 the end of the month, coached the Eagles' d-line from 1999-2005. He has been a consultant to Reid since then.

Brasher said in a 3-4, Cox would be "an end, and a damn good one."

Cox said Wednesday his Mississippi State team played something like what Washburn prefers, where the linemen try to get upfield off the snap. He said adjusting to Brasher's ideas will be an adjustment. Players have said Brasher wants them to read and react, but Brasher quibbled with that -- he told reporters he wants his charges to "read the first step" and react.

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There was no update on the concussion status of Michael Vick or LeSean McCoy Thursday, which presumably means Vick did not pass the imPACT test he took Wednesday.

Mike Patterson sat out practice due to illness, the Eagles said.

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