Eagles throwing fastballs

Jamar Chaney directs the linebackers during last Thursday’s preseason game.

Eagles coach Andy Reid called it the fastball theory.

Under new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and new defensive line coach Jim Washburn, the Eagles’ defense is going to be swarming, in attack mode.

Basically, they want to throw as many fastballs at the opposition as they can by constantly rotating defensive linemen.

“That’s hard on an offensive line,” Reid said. “You think you’re just wearing one guy down, and all of the sudden the [defensive line] brings in a new crew.”

In the team’s preseason opener, the Eagles collected six sacks, picked up a fumble and snared two interceptions. All in all, it was an impressive debut.

“The guys played fast. They were physical, and there were some good fundamentals,” Castillo said.
“As always we still have some weaknesses, and it takes a little bit of time to get everything right.”
Even though the first-team defense only saw about eight reps, the energy was evident. And that can be traced to Castillo.

“Sometimes, you see changes in coaches from practices to game days. They get a little stage fright, but Juan didn’t have any of that,” cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. “He was the same excited guy, running up and down the field and calling the plays we worked on, not putting guys in tough positions. Everyone respects that about him.”

Castillo was especially excited about the goal-line stand his substitutes pulled off in the closing seconds. Last season, the Eagles owned the NFL’s worst red-zone defense in two decades. Yesterday, Castillo said he wasn’t worried about 2010.

“I’m worried about 2011 and about looking at what happened today in practice and go from there,” Castillo said.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.