The major surprise of the visit with the coaches was made by safeties coach Michael Zordich, who admitted that he thought the team was going to acquire another safety.
“I thought that was going to happen, too,” Zordich told Philly.com on Tuesday at the Eagles Nova Care facility. “I did. But, I think, when you reflect back and look at the whole year and the growth that happened with these guys (Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Jaiquawn Jarrett, etc), I know I’m very comfortable with them, and obviously coach Reid and Howie feel the same thing.”
This will let the team’s safeties, Allen, Coleman, and Jarrett know that they’re under the spotlight. Everything they do is going to be analyzed. They’re going to need to be on top of their games.
I think they’re going to be fine as long as Allen and Coleman can stay healthy. I also believe the Eagles need to look at cornerbacks who they think are big enough, smart enough, and tough enough to play safety. I think you must have cover skills to play safety in the NFL nowadays.
I don’t see Coleman staying healthy because he plays a physical game, but isn’t very big.
“Last year’s gone,” Castillo said to Philly.com. “It’s about this year. It’s about us getting off to a good start, and starting where we left off last year” when the Eagles won their final four games.
He’s thrilled about the time he has to teach about the coverages and defenses, which they will employ this year.
“It’s about being able to teach. All the coaches … when you have four days to teach one coverage, now you’re able to break that coverage down vs. different personnel, really teach that coverages, whereas last year, if we had four days, we put almost all our coverages in,” Castillo said. ” It’s a big difference … It’s been good for us as teachers to be able to break everything down.”
He singled out DeMeco Ryans because of his leadership ability and the fact that he’s likely to make a huge difference in how the Eagles defense plays this season. Ryans has a presence about him that is confident and professional. As far as I’m concerned, having this veteran running the huddles and leading this defense will make them better immediately.
” ‘Meco’ is an experienced leader,” Castillo said. “Somebody asked me — has he been yelling? Is he loud in the classroom? No, you know what, he’s a professional. The way he carries himself in the classroom. The way he carries himself outside … right now he’s one of our leaders, and we haven’t even put on the pads, just by the way he carries himself.”