The defense has been getting familiar with the no-huddle since offseason workouts and training camp, as the offense has been simulating that approach. So the Ravens’ fast-paced philosophy isn’t exactly shocking.
“The good thing is that [we’ve been working on that],” defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said Thursday. “That is part of every defense. In the OTAs [organized team activities], you have time and you work on certain situations, and no huddle is one of the situations that we worked on in the OTAs and in training camp.”
Several Eagles players said they were impressed with the way quarterback Joe Flacco ran the no-huddle against the Cincinnati Bengals, who surrendered 430 yards and 37 points. Defensive end Trent Cole said the unit is expecting more of the same when the Ravens visit Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
“We’re preparing for the worst,” he said. “It’s something we’re going to prepare this whole week for. That’s why we’re going hard in practice until you can’t go anymore. A lot of people have questioned us, ‘You’ve got a rotation. How are you going to defend their offense with this rotation you’ve got going on?’ Trust me, we’ll have an answer. I believe in my heart, we’ll have an answer, and we’re going to prepare ourselves for this game.”
Castillo said the key will entail adding flexibility to the defense, which must be ready for the Ravens offense sprinting to the line of scrimmage and running a play or killing a few seconds to adapt to the Eagles’ defensive formation.
“Sometimes it is a fast tempo like a two-minute mode,” Castillo said. “Sometimes they’ll snap it off at 13 or 14 [seconds on the play clock] and then sometimes they’ll go right to the end. I think just with us, the good thing is that we have been practicing hard at it and we’re kind of excited to see what our no-huddle [defense] looks like.”