IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo has started eight games in his career against Philadelphia with a 5-3 record. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about the Eagles’ defense that was run by Jim Johnson and his successor, Sean McDermott.
He knew he would see a variety of blitzes and the middle linebacker in the A gap most of the time.
With Juan Castillo running the defense, Philadelphia has altered its scheme.
“You have to watch more and more tape,” Romo said. “We started right after the game last week and we’re just trying to get comfortable with what they like to do and some different things like that. But it’s definitely a little bit different from the way they used to be. They still have some things that are similar to what they used to do, so I think the stuff they were successful with in the past they’re going to keep incorporating.”
The Eagles use a “wide 9” technique with their defensive ends. They are aligned outside the tight end, similar to the look Detroit used this year and Tennessee used last year. Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn was with the Titans last year and worked with Lions coach Jim Schwartz in Nashville.
“I think there’s a different overall defensive schematic structure there, but they still play a 4-3 defense,” coach Jason Garrett said. “They don’t seem to be pressuring as much as they have in the past, which was a trademark of those Jim Johnson defenses, but they provide pressure because they have a really outstanding front four.”