Eagles coach Andy Reid fired long-time assistant -- and short-time Eagles defensive coordinator -- Juan Castillo on Tuesday, only 22 games after Castillo was put in charge of the defensive side of things.
A day removed from the decision to replace Castillo with Todd Bowles, it still seems weird that a) Reid hired Castillo in the first place and b) he took so long to make a change. I (and possibly you) am not alone in thinking that. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he questioned the call to promote Castillo when Reid made it.
"Yes, I did," Lurie told Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News. "But I let Andy make that call. I respected his decision. He felt it was the best thing to do at the time, and I don't interfere in that area."
Hindsight is an easy place from which to operate, but it's not like this is the first time that people have wondered about Castillo taking his first dive into the defensive side of things on a Super Bowl contender with new personnel and a new scheme. The whole thing seemed doomed from the beginning.
It took Reid a while to figure that out, but the eventual decision was his and not, according to the Eagles' owner, forced onto him.
"I will never do that," Lurie said when asked if he'd pressured Reid to make a change. "The way I operate, a coach is responsible for his staff. [He needs to] succeed or fail based on who he chooses and his own performance. I don't trigger that.''
The Eagles, right now, are failing. But oddly enough, it's not even really on the defensive end. They're struggling on the offensive end, and the only thing that Juan Castillo has to do with on that side of the ball is that he got replaced there last year by Howard Mudd.
Offense is Reid's purview, and things have been bad thus far in 2012: the Eagles are 31st in the NFL in points scored (17.2, a tenth of a point lower than the Chiefs), they lead the league in fumbles (15) and they have the second-worst turnover differential (-9).
If Philly can't clean up the offense and get Michael Vick and Co. going quickly following the Week 7 bye, it won't matter whom they fire in order to try to keep the heat off Reid.
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