Could Jack Del-Rio be a Replacement for Castllo?BREAKING NEWS, Coaching Staff, Eagles, News Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars fired longtime coach Jack Del Rio, which really wasn’t a surprise around league circles. It will also not be surprising, when the Eagles (with or without Andy Reid) let go the project that was Juan Castillo as Defensive Coordinator. Castillo just has looked bewildered and confused most of the time, and rarely puts his players in the best positions to succeed, (ie Nnamdi Asomugha). He also has been very poor at making adjustments, which is critical in today’s NFL.
So, I believe the only way that the Eagles can convince the fan base and media to give Reid one last shot, is if he makes significant changes to the coaching staff, which includes firing Castillo. This is where Del-Rio comes in. The Eagles next defensive coordinator must be a veteran coach that is a great defensive mind and has called a defense before.
Last year when the Eagles were hiring a replacement for Sean McDermott, they mostly looked at position coaches. I know of two, Dennis Allen and Jon Hoke. Allen decided to go run the Broncos defense this year, and Hoke is still the secondary coach in Chicago. Many fans and media members clamored for longtime Titans coach Jeff Fisher. It didn’t happen, and the Eagles hired Castillo.
Del Rio could be considered a prime candidate for a number of reasons. He is a veteran coach who has years of head coaching experience, and also years of experiences as a LBs coach in Baltimore. He coached the Ravens linebackers from 1999-2001, during the time that the Ravens won the Super Bowl. The Ravens defense and their linebackers were the Raven’s strength of their team, and their Defense is what carried them throughout the season and on to win the Super Bowl.
Many view the 2000 Ravens as one of the best and most dominant defenses of all time. Jack Del-Rio deserves much credit for this feat. Del Rio also has coordinating experience, in 2002 with Carolina. Although the Panthers finished with a record of 7-9, they had the #2 overall defense in the NFL. That is a testament to Del Rio’s coaching first hand. After that year, Del-Rio left to be the coach for the Jaguars, and the Panthers advanced all the way to the Super Bowl. In Jacksonville, Del Rio’s defenses have not always been great, but have been consistently good, finishing Top 11 in yards allowed per game five times (2003,2004,2005,2006,2011).
Although Del-Rio may come at a price, he should be viewed as a Top Candidate for the Eagles DC job once it opens. He is an experienced coach, with a winning pedigree, and has coached one of the best defenses of All-time. Not to mention he ran a 4-3 as a coordinator in Carolina, as well as a Head Coach in Jacksonville. That would make the switch easier to Del-Rio, than a coach like Eric Mangini who would want to run the 3-4, which would require more turnover and personnel changes.
Many people know that the weakness of this Eagles defense is its Linebackers. Under Andy Reid’s tenure the Eagles have neglected the position drastically. Del Rio was a LB in the NFL, and played LB at USC. He has coached some of the best LBs of all time including Ray Lewis. Del Rio could get more out of the Eagles current LBs and mentor further LBs the Eagles bring in the Draft or Free Agency. I personally love LB Vontaze Burfict out of Arizona State, but that is a different article.
Overall, Jack De-Rio would be a good candidate to replace Juan Castillo as the Eagles next Defensive Coordinator. He has the experience that the Eagles need a DC, and is a great motivator, which is something that the Eagles lack in general, especially on defense. Hiring a coach like Del-Rio is a necessity for Reid to keep his job come January.
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