Eagles safety Quintin Mikell is expected to leave the Eagles this offseason. Perhaps one reason why is that the Eagles want to adjust their defensive approach in 2011 under new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
“I know Coach Reid has wanted to run the Cover 2 for a long time,” Mikell told Geoff Mosher of the News Journal. “It seems like the past couple of years we’ve been slowly progressing toward that. It might be moving toward that.
“I think he [Castillo] is going to kind of tweak things here and there. It’s gong to be kind of the same 4-3 but I think it’s going to be a little less based on scheme and more based on guys just kicking somebody’s butt.”
Castillo spoke with admiration about the Bears defense and simplifying things this offseason. The insane variations of blitz schemes from Eagles defense past may be dialed back. While we don’t expect a complete defensive scheme overhaul, the Eagles clearly are changing things quite a bit with defensive line coach Jim Washburn also in the mix.
The offense gets all the attention, but Andy Reid’s bold gambit to hire Castillo and re-form the defensive staff will matter more towards the success of the 2011 Eagles.