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Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles

Posted Oct 16, 2012

On what these last 24 hours have been like for him, considering his relationship with Juan Castillo: "Me and Juan had a great relationship, and to come in this morning and find out – it hasn’t even been 24 hours actually, it’s been about 10 – he is a great guy. He’s a great coach, he works hard. We had a great relationship as a staff and that’s going to be sorely missed for us. In this business we chose, you’ve got to move on and try to make the best of what we can and that’s what I’m going to do."

On what type of adjustment is required as a defensive coordinator to call plays and make in-game adjustments: "I think you rely on the other coaches. As a staff, we put the gameplan together and you just watch enough film and trust your instincts enough to make calls and make sure everybody’s on the same page. And you to try to take away what they’re doing, but yet not expose what you’re doing."

On how his defense will be different: "The only way it can be different is on the scoreboard, so hopefully if we come up with wins it’ll look different all itself in the end. The main goal is to get the victory however we’ve got to get it. We’re going over self-scouting right now and we’ll tweak things, depending on the game we’re playing, that we need to tweak."

On whether the wide-nine alignment will remain intact on the defensive line: "Yeah, it’s staying intact. I mean we run a wide nine, that’s what we do. But gameplan-wise, it depends on whether we do other things along with it."

On whether he thinks his experience last year as an interim head coach can help prepare him for this: "Last year probably was the biggest shock. So, coming into this year – it’s a similar situation as far as it happening in-season, it kind of prepares you not to get too high or too low, to just be professional and do your job. And then if something happens, you’re ready to do everything else also."

On how his experience as a player has helped him to relate to current players: "Well being a player you can put yourself in the same situations because you’ve been in them so when a guy is coming to you with problems, you can refer back to your playing days. You don’t have to agree with them. You say, ‘This is why you’re doing this, so this is why they’re doing this to you.’ It just helps the relationship go a lot better."

On what his comfort level is with the defense’s front seven compared to his knowledge of defensive backs: "I’m extremely comfortable. I don’t think I’ll coach them as a whole, I’ll call the plays. (Defensive line coach Jim) Washburn will coach them. As a comfort level, we get along fine."

On where the defense needs to improve the most: "Well we have to finish at the end of the games. We have to finish and win games. The bottom line is when you’re out there on defense it doesn’t matter what happens. When you’re out there at the end of the game you’ve got to finish."

On how he would describe what a Todd Bowles-led defense looks like: "Well no different than any other coach. Sound, discipline, fast, hopefully opportunistic, get turnovers. We’re playing hard, we’re playing fast. The turnovers just haven’t come. We’re going to try to get more turnovers and keep the score down one point below what we have."

On whether he thought he may be placed in the situation if Castillo was ever dismissed when he first signed on to join the Eagles: "No, at the time me and Coach Reid talked and me and Coach Castillo strictly for a defensive back job."

On why he thinks there have not been many sacks this season: "It all depends on what you’re trying to take away. If it’s a quick passing team all you can do is get pressure (and they) let it go early. Depending on what we have in the back (or) what’s outside, we’ll either pressure or lay back more depending on the game plan."

On what the next few days will be like for him: "I’m very familiar with the personnel. That’s not going to be a problem. Our thing right now is to go over our self scouting (to) see what we do well and what we don’t do well and try to minimize the things we don’t do well, if not get rid of them altogether. Make sure we’re playing to each player’s strength."

On whether he has reached out to any players today since being named defensive coordinator: "No, actually not yet. I’ve been in meetings all day so I really haven’t had a chance to."

On how players react to in-season coaching changes: "It’s an adjustment. The game plan adjusts every week, so for the players, it’s just another adjustment for them."

On whether he has talked to Castillo since the move was made: "We have texted each other back and forth. We’ve had a great relationship and will continue to have one. I wish Juan nothing but the best. I think he’s an outstanding person and an outstanding coach."

On what Bill Parcells taught him: "Bill kind of taught me how to see the whole game and how to see the team as a whole. He always wanted me to learn more than my position. The biggest thing he taught me was, at the end of a game of a loss, the people who take the loss the hardest are the coaches. The players can forget about them in two or three days, the head coach has to move on and stand in front of you guys, but the defensive coaches are pissed off because they know what really happened. You have to keep your coaches up to keep your players up."

On how the current system is different from what he has coached in other places: "It’s not much. I thought we did a lot more then, but a 4-3 is a 4-3 whether it is a zone scheme, a man scheme. Your four guys up front, whether they’re an end, a nine (technique), or a six (technique), is pretty much the same."

On whether being in this system for the past few months have given him enough time to adjust: "Like I said, the 4-3 has been around a long time and this is not a new system. They put the ends a yard wider, and everyone thinks this is a new system. It’s been around for a long time."

On whether he has a feel for what the Philadelphia fans want to see: "They like to win, number one. They like us to get after it and they like to see good football. These are very knowledgeable and honest fans, and they’re going to let you know when you don’t."

On whether he has a preference between coaching in the box or on the field: "I’ve been on the field and I’ve been in the box. In the box, you’re probably a little bit calmer because you can’t yell at anybody; nobody’s going to hear you. On the field, you have your hands on the players but the reaction steps are a lot quicker out on the field. So, you have to kind of get a feel for what the rest of your coaches can do and a feel for what your players need, whether I’m up or down."

On how he thinks CB Nnamdi Asomugha can best be utilized: "He’s a corner. He’s best utilized mixing man and zone coverages, as we have been doing. There aren’t too many things as a corner that you can or can’t do. You can’t go into a game and say, ‘We are going to lock him down the whole game.’ If you play 75 snaps of man coverage you’re going to get beat three. If you play all zone coverage, you’re going to get beat. We have to continue to mix it up and make sure that the game plan is conducive, not only for him, but also the other 10 guys."

On how much interaction he has had with players from other position groups: "We all know each other because part of the game plan is we have specific parts that we break down. They’ll see me, they’ll see (linebackers coach Mike Caldwell), they’ll see (defensive line coach Jim Washburn), they’ll see (safeties coach Mike Zordich), so we all have our days where we are running the meeting room. As much time as we’re around each other, we’ve gotten to know each other pretty well."

On his philosophy on blitzing: "If it works, it’s great. If it’s not, don’t do it."

On whether he anticipates blitzing often or relying on the front four to generate pressure: "Hopefully timely pressure. You can’t blitz too much or too little. Too much of one thing leads them to do another, so game-plan wise and schematically that’ll have to fit in during the week."

On why he thinks the defense hasn’t been able to generate a sack in the last three games: "It’s a little bit of everything. Part of the time, the ball is coming out quick; part of the time they’re max protecting; part of the time we have to beat one-on-ones; part of the time, coaching-wise, we have to scheme it better and help those guys get free. We are watching the self scouts right now, and in those reports and what we see on film, we’ll try to adjust from there."

On his evaluation of the cornerbacks so far this season: "They’ve been playing well. They’ve covered, but the main thing is not just the corners, it’s 11 guys trying to win."

On whether he anticipates this being a seamless transition and how much his day-to-day job will change: "It’ll be a little different. It’s a little more film work, because I’m expanding the game, as far as the run and as far as the pass. We watched the run as a secondary. But I don’t think it’ll change from their end. They’re hearing the same message from a different person. I might have a different spin on it and my own ideas here or there and a few tweaks that they go through. They’ll understand exactly where we, as a coaching staff, are coming from, and understanding exactly what the game plan is as they have been."

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