Fans looked at nickel corner Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie Monday night and saw confusion and hesitancy, blown coverages and missed tackles.
Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo continued to see what he has seen since DRC came to the Birds from Arizona in August: limitless potential.
"We know in time, DRC will be the best nickel guy there is, because he has that kind of ability," Castillo said. During Castillo's weekly news conference, he was asked about moving Rodgers-Cromartie, a former Pro Bowl corner, inside, where he had never played before coming to the Eagles. Marcus Hayes wrote about that subject in today's Daily News.
"With Dominique, he's such a talented player, good kid, hard worker ... That nickel position is a tough position because the receiver has a two-way go. Our goal is that Dominque has that kind of ability to be a special guy in there. We knew it was going to take a little bit of time, 'cause it's something tough for him to do to get in there," Castillo said.
In other news, defensive end Jason Babin said he noticed on film that the Bears brought a tight end in motion Monday to hit him from the blind side on one play, something he said wasn't illegal but was dangerous and unwarranted. He said he believes the Eagles have mentioned the matter to the league.
Castillo said rookie safety Jaiquawn Jarrett will benefit from having more reps this week, with Nate Allen not practicing and not expected to play with a concussion.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talked of his confidence in lineman King Dunlap, who apparently will play guard for the first time in his life this Sunday, with Evan Mathis battling turf toe.
Mornhinweg was asked about his son, St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Skyler Monrhinweg, who has committed to Penn State. Marty said his son has asked him not to comment on the scandal or on Skyler's plans. He said Skyler will speak about those things at some point, perhaps not right away.
"Some things are going on more important than football there," he said.
Special teams coordinator Bobby April was asked about the failed fake punt against the Bears: "It was the perfect opportunity to throw it. It wasn't executed."