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Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:57 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 4:12 pm
CastillorBy Josh Katzowitz

All along, it’s been pretty obvious that, whether Eagles coach Andy Reid kept his job (and it was always pretty clear he was going to do so), Juan Castillo would be out as defensive coordinator. After all, Philadelphia struggled for much of the season with its wide-nine scheme*, and there were rumblings that in order to keep his job, Reid would have to fire Castillo.

Reid denied it at the time, and it looks like he was telling the truth, because according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Castillo will remain as defensive coordinator.

The team also announced that former Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles -- who was a head coaching candidate for the Raiders after leading Miami to a 2-1 record after the Tony Sparano firing -- will take over as the Eagles secondary coach.

*This is what happens when you hire an offensive line coach to be your defensive coordinator.

Clearly, this wasn't all Castillo's fault. The wide-nine scheme was Reid’s idea -- in fact, there was speculation that Reid hired Castillo for the defensive coordinator job because he couldn’t find a suitable DC who actually felt comfortable running that scheme -- and it took a while for Philadelphia’s personnel to make it work.

Add that with a flurry of offseason acquisitions -- including Jason Babin, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie -- and you can begin to see that not all the defensive inefficiencies could be blamed on Castillo.

"We've just got to continue to work with it," Reid said in October after the Eagles started 1-4. “Listen, anything new you've got to work with and work out the wrinkles and get it right."

"Players, they have to learn it, coaches have to learn it, particularly the new coaches. So it's a joint effort there."

And actually, the Eagles played better defense than you think. According to Football Outsiders, they were the 12th-most efficient defensive unit in the league, and in yards and points allowed, they were a top-10 squad. In the final four games of the year -- all Philadelphia wins -- the Eagles allowed an average of 11.5 points per game.

So, obviously the defense did improve. Based on that, maybe it’s not surprising Castillo was retained in the first place.

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Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:45 am

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

If the defense doesn't come out on fire first two games Reid will fire Castillo and let Bowles run the defense.

This is the last shot for the Walrus...

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:26 am

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

I dunno who to blame on that trainwreck of a team.  QB was  hurt and threw too many int's, defense sucked everyones hairy butt as they ran the ball up the middle, special teams was suspect, even Reid was showing signs of being out of touch. Next year: No phillies errr Eagles on my fantasy team. not even that stellar RB  whatshisname

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:39 pm

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

Fact is, CBS again lets us down by what it DOESN'T say: the Eagle were better down the stretch against weak teams!
Fact is!; one of those WEAK teams included the Giants!!!  The Giants were lucky that the Eagles literally threw games away earlier in the season against the Bills, Cardinals, 49ers and Falcons.  Lets not even talk abou the Seattle fiasco with that bum backup who will remain namesless.   They win anyone of those games and they were in the playoffs.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:25 pm

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

Listen, The offensive line is good. 2 pro boelwers and the center was one the all rookiee team. They hired Todd Bowles who was defensive coordinator for the Broncos last year. He will be given a bigger role the secondary coach. He will help JC alot. It all starts with beating teams in their own division. They were 5-1 against those teams. They had the lead in 5 of those losses going into the 4th quarter. There is something there. Lots of new faces and no OTCS last year. What other team had as many new players as us? a new DC and new Defensive line coach? You people need to relax and see how things play out. Mike Vick was a victim of his own stupidity getting hurt. He doesnt protect himself and if he doesnt change then he will miss games next year too. Wish we could get Peyton Manning if he comes back healthy. I think we will be fine in 2012. Its simple, If you don't like the team or the coaches or the owners. THEN DON"T WATCH THEM!

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:14 pm

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

I'd say it sucks to be an Eagles fan, but that goes without saying. Once they get a new coaching staff and new QB (non dog killers need not apply) they might have a chance. I wonder how Steve Smith is liking Philly now?

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:08 pm

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

You have to keep continuity in order for the Eagles to get better on defense. The fact is they put a new defense in with little training camp for preperation and there were serious growing pains. The Eagles can address linebacking in the first two rounds of the draft and dump Desean Jackson's selfish ass for a more reliable target. I would like to see Avant's role expanded anyway.

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:58 pm

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

You've got to be kidding me.  Obviously, Sports Fan Rob, you are looking at this from way outside Philly...Cleveland maybe?  What does it take to get a a guy fired in this town?  If you've watched even one of coach Reid's press conferences, you'd know he's way too arrogant and self absorbed for a guy that doesn't have a ring.  We're never getting a championship with this bunch of clowns, Lurie included.  Next season will be another year of excuses...yada yada yada.  Isn't it fun for us Eagles fans to watch the Giants in the Super Bowl...again?  Coughlin could pull another one out which would gives him 2 Championships to Andy Blutarsky's zero point zero.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:17 pm

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

It's the same story with this team every year since 2005.  They start slow, then make a big run at the end of the season.  Unfortunately, this leaves them out of the playoffs, or buried as a seed so that they don't have much of a shot in the playoffs.  But then the off-season rolls around and the word out of Philly is "boy, the rets of the NFL teams are sure glad we're sitting on the couch at home now because we're awesome.  Did you see us in weeks 13-17?"  Yea we did.  We also saw you in weeks 1-8 the last 7 years, and it largely hasn't been pretty.  But based on their inflated sense of self-importance, they add a piece or two, but make no change sthat would really help.  Like, for example, getting rid of Castillo...or Reid.

Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:29 pm

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

Have you even watched the Eagles this year? Their offensive line was one of their best units. Left tackle, left guard were all-pros, center made the all-rookie team. Vick's injuries were his own doing. Eagles greatly reduced the number of sacks.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:06 pm

Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

They blew it.  Look, I'm a Reid supporter--though he has NEVER been expert on the sidelines or managing the clock--and I was willing to gamble on Castillo.  But heck yeah, you need linebackers for the wide nine and all those acquisitions didn't buy 'em that.  And winning down the stretch didn't prove Castillo was on to something.

Fact is, CBS again lets us down by what it DOESN'T say: the Eagle were better down the stretch against weak teams!  And putting Castillo on "D" stole away a great offensive line coach--and wasn't that Michael Vick running for his life, and FROM injuries?  

So Reid stays on and Spagnuolo becomes available. Helloooo, Eagles!  You had your chance to put your defensive genius back in his place and put Castillo back in HIS place on offense, curing a lot of ills. You draft or trade for a decent backer or two, leave the wide nine behind, and voila, your well-coached talent can play like a contender. Now?

Gump had it right: sometimes stubborn really IS as stubborn does. This time next year, maybe we're talking about Reid's replacement.  

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