Eagles Fire Juan Castillo And Promote Todd Bowles To Defensive CoordinatorBREAKING NEWS, Coaching Staff, Eagles, News Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
The Eagles head coach Andy Reid has fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and named Todd Bowles the new defensive coordinator going forward. This isn’t a shock to me because Reid had to do something dramatic with his football team in a free fall.
“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 released statement. “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.”
The fact that defensive cornerback Nmandi Asomugha was questioning Castillo’s call in the fourth quarter and overtime was clear proof that a number of players were doubting Castillo’s ability to lead this defense. He’s been overmatched from the outset, when Reid named him the defensive coordinator.
There have been whispers in and around the organization that Bowles would eventually take charge unless Castillo started doing a much better job. Obviously that didn’t happen.
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