The Philadelphia Eagles have made a move to replace Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo and promoted Secondary Coach Todd Bowles to replace him. Castillo was hired as Defensive Coordinator by Head Coach Andy Reid on February 2nd, 2011. Castillo was the Eagles Offensive Assistant, Tight Ends Coach and Offensive Line Coach before being moved to the position he was fired from today. He implemented the Wide 9 scheme and the team has not delivered results.
The move to hire Castillo as the Defensive Coordinator was met by surprise by fans, players & many people in football. Many people claim Castillo is a great man just ill-equipped for the job. This will be the 3rd Defensive Coordinator under Andy Reid since the death of Jim Johnson. Sean McDermott was hired to replace Johnson and lasted only a year.
Reid had to answer questions all offseason after the defense failed to live up to it’s talent level in 2011 about if he would retain Castillo or replace him. He stuck with him and the Eagles are now moving to former Interim Coach of the Miami Dolphins Todd Bowles.
The team is ranked low in all offensive stat categories and not ranked anywhere near the bottom in defense except for sacks. It’s not known at this time if Bowles will keep the Wide 9 scheme at this time but I can’t imagine it with the personnel the team has. Jason Babin and Nnamdi Asomugha were big off-season signings last year and while Babin contributed Nnamdi struggled. This year it’s been a flip-flop as Babin has struggled along with the rest of the defensive line and Nnamdi’s thrived.
This is not all Castillo’s fault. This blame has to be laid squarely on Andy Reid’s shoulders and his inability to find someone to replace a Hall of Fame defensive coordinator. His evaluations on his coaching staff has failed to live up to snuff and Castillo was put in an impossible situation. The firing comes on the Eagles’ bye week so there will be time for Bowles to get to work on the defense in a week and a half long time period.
This could be the beginning of the end of Andy Reid as Eagles’ coach. The 2nd failure by Reid on his coaching staff and now a .500 season in which Eagles’ Owner Jeffrey Lurie said 8-8 would not be acceptable could be spelling the end of the line of Andy Reid in charge of the Philadelphia Eagles.