If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably heard new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo discuss a simpler scheme and his admiration for the Bears defense, which employs a "Tampa 2" look under head coach and former Tony Duny assistant Lovie Smith.
"I kind of get that vibe," Mikell said, when asked if the Eagles were shifting from an aggressive, blitz-happy attack to a tempered Cover 2 scheme. "I know Coach Reid has wanted to run the Cover 2 for a long time. It seems like the past couple of years we’ve been slowly progressing toward that. It might be moving toward that. I think he [Castillo] is going to kind of tweak things here and there. It’s gong to be kind of the same 4-3 but I think it’s going to be a little less based on scheme and more based on guys just kicking somebody’s butt."