For PE.com, I wrote about Juan Castillo and the progress he’s made from last year to this year. My focus was on how he is handling the role of Defensive Coordinator. Clearly we’ll have to wait for the season to see the on-field results.
I do think it was important for him to make some changes in the way he carried himself and did things. He seems much more like a DC this time around. That will help the players believe in him. You can bet players were just as shocked as we were when they heard Juan got the DC job. “The OL coach???”
People generally resist change. The Giants players weren’t so sure about Steve Spagnuolo when he first got there. That defense struggled in the preseason and was terrible for the first couple of games. Once the players got used to the system and started to believe in Spags, things took an unfortunate turn…for the better.
Juan has a chance to succeed this year. He’s got the personnel. He’s had the time. There is stability with the coaching staff. No excuses. We’ll find out if he is meant to be a defensive coach or not.
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Jamar Chaney was bumped up to the #1 Nickel D, alongside DeMeco Ryans. Chaney is taking the place of Brian Rolle. I think this is a promotion for Chaney rather than a demotion for Rolle. Jamar has played well in recent days and I think the coaches want to reward him.
It would be great if we could find a role for Chaney that he could thrive in. He showed big time talent for a couple of games back in 2010. Getting him back to that point is tricky. Jamar was overwhelmed last year and didn’t handle it well.
One more sign of Castillo’s growth as DC is that he’s not over-praising players this year and isn’t over-using them either. Chaney was supposed to be the star of the defense. Casey Matthews was the starting MLB and on the #1 Nickel. This time around Kendricks is a starter, but is just on the #2 Nickel unit. Let him get his feet wet instead of overwhelming him with a bunch of different responsibilities.
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Jimmy Bama and I did another podcast episode last night. We’re still working on the levels. Jimmy is lower than me again. We’ll keep tweaking that until we get it right.
In the episode, I shared my brilliant new theory for how Andy Reid losing weight is a sign that the Eagles will win the Super Bowl. This is so genius that you have to think I borrowed Einstein’s brain for a few minutes to come up with it.
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Bobby April says for now that Damaris Johnson is the #1 PR and Brandon Boykin is the #1 KOR. DJ is still trying to make the team so this info must make him pretty happy. Preseason games will be a huge test for him. DJ must show he can make defenders miss in live game action. He did it at Tulsa so I’m assuming that will happen here, but you always want visual proof.
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Time to tune in to PE.com for today’s TC coverage.