Eagles Defensive Comedy Is Speeding Up Reid’s DepartureBREAKING NEWS, Coaching Staff, Eagles, News Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
If the Eagles go to Seattle and are beaten by a bad Seahawks team it will increase the chances that Andy Reid will be fired. The embarrassing loss to the Patriots surely gave Jeffrey Lurie and Joe Banner more reasons to consider firing Reid. Lurie is from the Boston area. He considered purchasing the Patriots.
Chances are that he circled the New England game on the calendar before the season started. On Sunday, he had to sit and watch his football team being humiliated by his hometown team in front of a national television audience. You know the loss had to hurt more than others.
The Eagles didn’t look like they belonged on the field with the Patriots, especially the team’s defense against the Patriots offense. Reid continues to stand by the decision to make Juan Castillo the defensive coordinator. I can understand why he would publicly refuse to go back on his decision during the season, but there’s no way in the world that he doesn’t realize that this was a mistake.
Castillo can’t seem to handle the different offensive player groupings. On each offensive play, there are five eligible receivers in each formation. Offenses change these five players in an effort to get a mismatch.
They’ll send out two wide receivers, two tight ends and a running back. Sometimes it’s three wide receivers, a tight end and a running back. Other times it’s four wide receivers and a running back. Sometimes it’s three wide receivers and two running backs.
The defensive coordinator must make sure he’s got the right personnel on the field to match up with the offense’s personnel grouping.
If you look at the Eagles sidelines on third downs when they’re on defense, it looks like a comedy. Castillo is trying to send the right group in and get the wrong guys off. Players are running in and out of the game at the last second. Sometimes they have to call timeout because they don’t get the right guys on the field. Other times they get penalties for 12 players on the field.
Castillo may learn the job and get better in the future, but there’s no question that it was a mistake to move him from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator in one step. He could have been made the linebacker coach or the defensive back or line coach, but this was an awful mistake.
Reid’s strength has always been his ability to game plan and prepare. His teams were known for being prepared. His defense is no longer prepared.
Jim Johnson’s not over there on the sidelines running things any more, now it’s an inexperienced Juan Castillo. Reid’s strength has always been in the offensive side of the ball, so he doesn’t have the answers to give Castillo.
All week I knew the Eagles were going to see the no-huddle offense but it didn’t look like the Birds defense was prepared for it.
Let’s see how things go against the Seahawks. If the Birds lose it will be another step toward Reid’s departure.
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