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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: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:58 pm

Report: Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

Too many new faces last year to really suceed.  I know a lot of people I work with thought they were going all the way. Vince Young's stupid Dream Team comment only made more people love the fact that the Eagles fell flat on their face.  But I do believe that they will be a great team this upcoming year. If you stop and think about it, just 2 more wins and the Castillo bashing wouldn't even be happening.  People have to remember that Castillo was a defensive coordinator before he was on O-Line coach.  This is the year Andy also has to make something happen, because another year of not getting to the Super Bowl and he's gone.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:58 pm

Report: Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

Problem with the Eagles is 3 fold
1) They need to improve the offensive line and give Vick some protection or he will get killed out there.
2) Too many off season an din season distractions ala Jackson
3) The shortned training camp hurt in building chemestry.

The Eagles should be much better this coming season and of the favorites in my opinion. 

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:19 am

Report: Eagles will keep Castillo, hire Bowles

improving on the final four games of the season doesn't mean diddly really!  With ALL the talent on that roster on BOTH sides of the ball the D should have & could have been far stronger all season under a solid defensive mind.  If Jim Johnson were still alive this D would have been clutch as hell!

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