“I want to make it clear that I have nothing but the ultimate respect for Juan Castillo as a coach and as a person,” Reid said in a statement released by the team. “He’s one of the finest football coaches that I have ever worked with. He has served this organization extremely well for 18 years and letting him go was a difficult decision. I know he will continue to be a successful coach in this league and wish he and his family nothing but the best.”
“We’re six games into the season and average isn’t good enough. I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it.”
I know this was a hard decision to make for coach Reid, but after the Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie stated before the season that another .500 record would not be good enough for Reid to keep his job, something had to be…NOW. Sunday the Eagles blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter in the overtime loss to the visiting Detroit Lions. The Eagles are now 3-3 (a .500 record).
Juan Castillo was named defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles last year after being the team’s offensive line coach, which left people (including myself) scratching their heads trying to figure out that equation. THe Eagles defense struggled last season in Philadelphia’s disappointing 8-8 record.
Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was not happy with Castillo’s play calling in the fourth quarter and he made it known after Sunday’s game. Asomugha was having success shutting down the Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson with man coverage in the first three-quarters; Castillo changed it up and went to a zone blitz in the fourth and that is when the wheels fell off.
Todd Bowles was hired in the offseason from the Miami Dolphins. Last season he was named interim coach when the Dolphins fired Tony Sparano.
This is surely not to say that Castillo and the Eagles defense are the reason for Philly’s .500 start, but the troubleshooting has to start somewhere and if this move is not enough to right the ship, Reid might have to look on the offensive-side of the ball with the O-Line and maybe eye quarterback Micheal Vick. Using star running back LeSean McCoy a little bit more wouldn’t hurt – I’m just saying.
Written by AG2