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Was Castillo quote on linebackers misinterpreted?

That quote yesterday where Juan Castillo said his young linebackers "will be ready to win the Super Bowl" has gotten a lot of play, here and elsewhere. Problem is, I just listened to the tape again, and I'm not sure that's exactly what Castillo said, or at least, what he meant to say.

Was Castillo quote on linebackers misinterpreted?

Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said "there’s time" for his linebackers to develop. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said "there’s time" for his linebackers to develop. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

That quote yesterday where Juan Castillo said his young linebackers "will be ready to win the Super Bowl" has gotten a lot of play, here and elsewhere. Problem is, I just listened to the tape again, and I'm not sure that's exactly what Castillo said, or at least, what he meant to say.

Here's the way the Eagles' transcript punctuates Castillo's remarks: “The linebackers will be ready to win the Super Bowl. Remember, it takes 16 weeks, and then really whoever is playing their best during the playoffs. So when you look at it there’s time to develop."

But on the tape, here is what I hear: "The linebackers will be ready. To win the Super Bowl, remember, it takes 16 weeks, and then, really, whoever is playing their best during the playoffs. So when you look at it, there's time to develop."

Not a huge difference, but a difference. Reminds me of that old Gene Hackman movie, "The Conversation." Google it, whippersnappers.

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Eagles general manager Howie Roseman was a self-described "obsessed" Jets fan, growing up in Brooklyn.

He knew virtually everything about those teams in the 1980s, with Freeman McNeil, Ken O'Brien and the New York Sack Exchange.

While he is "all about the Eagles now," he allowed that his dream scenario would be the Eagles vs. the Jets in the Super Bowl, with the Eagles winning, of course.

“I would love nothing more than for the Jets and the Eagles to both get to the Super Bowl and have that excitement, then for [the Eagles] to win,” a smiling Roseman told the New York Post. “That would be the perfect happy ending for me.”

The story dubs Roseman as the "boy wonder of NFL front offices."

“He brings something to the table for us in every aspect,” team president Joe Banner said. “His understanding of the cap is better than any cap person in the league, much less any GM, and he’s a great talent evaluator. There’s nothing we do that he isn’t integrally involved in.”

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Speaking of the Jets, wide receiver Plaxico Burress was back on the field last night for the first time since he was released from prison.

Burress made three catches for 66 yards and played in 29 of the Jets' 31 offensive plays in the first half. Among them was a diving 26-yard catch on a fade pattern in the corner of the end zone from Mark Sanchez.

"This is the tip of the iceberg," Burress said, according to the New York Daily News. "I'm just getting started. For me and Mark to go out there and make some of the plays that we have - I've only been practicing for three days. There is a lot of room for improvement. We left some plays out there that we should have hit. The sky is the limit."

The Jets are looking for Burress to be productive immediately so this is a good start, even if it is only the preseason.

The Eagles play the Jets in the fourth preseason game, a game in which the starters don't play. Will be interesting to see if Burress is on the field at all in that game, just to get him some more game action after his time away. Burress' practice time has been limited this summer by an ankle issue, so the better move might be to keep him off the field to avoid injury.

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The new kickoff rules have gotten a lot of attention thus far in the preseason.

Eagles special teams coordinator Bobby April said he expects that teams will return about 65 percent of kickoffs and he expects that number to climb in the postseason.

April suggested more teams will take a chance at returning kicks that go deeper into the end zone, rather than taking a knee.

"The other day we returned one that was 9 yards (deep)," he said. "You’re definitely going to see people taking a shot, and that’s a big gamble because there is a real opportunity to tackle them inside the 20. You don’t want to be too stubborn.

"I think there comes a point where it’s a little bit like waving the white flag when you take a knee. ... I think that ruffles people the wrong way, and people just on their competitiveness that say, ‘I might lose this battle but I’m not taking this.’ I’m pretty positive that people will start to have that mentality because people have started to bring them out deeper than ever before this preseason. I don’t think that’ll change."

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