Friday, July 3, 2015

Juan Castillo on how to best use Nnamdi Asomugha

A question that has come up from Eagles fans often this summer is defensive coordinator Juan Castillo's use of Nnamdi Asomugha. At his best in Oakland, Asomugha was a shutdown, man-to-man cornerback. The Eagles used Asomugha in different ways last season, in both man and zone coverages, and sometimes on tight ends.

Juan Castillo on how to best use Nnamdi Asomugha

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Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will be used differently depending the opposing offense. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will be used differently depending the opposing offense. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

A question that has come up from Eagles fans often this summer is defensive coordinator Juan Castillo's use of Nnamdi Asomugha. At his best in Oakland, Asomugha was a shutdown, man-to-man cornerback. The Eagles used Asomugha in different ways last season, in both man and zone coverages, and sometimes on tight ends.

So the question was posed to Castillo -- what's the best way to use Asomugha? The Eagles defensive coordinator said it all depends on the matchup.

"There's some things that we could probably do in the New England game if it was during the season that we will not do," Castillo said. "I think it depends on the receiver. Dominique [Rodgers-Cromartie], the same thing. I think in the season, there will be some things that we won't do in the preseason so it's an advantage for those two guys."

That's not the most explanatory of answers, but it does show that Castillo wants to use Asomugha in different ways depending on the opposing offense.

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Some other quick notes from Castillo...

- Regarding struggling safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, Castillo emphasized Jarrett's competitiveness.

"The next practice we had at Lehigh [after the game], he showed the type of presence he could be," Jarrett said. "We expect him to come back and do a good job."

- The Eagles will have a good chance to see three different packages against the Patriots: their nickel defense on first and second downs; a nickel defense on third downs; and their dime defense.

"That's one thing about New England -- do they spread it out and we use nickel, or do they come back in tight alignments and we play base," Castillo said.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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