When Andy Reid says he was gonna start tearing things apart, he really meant it. Tuesday morning Juan Castillo got the sack...the only sack he's seen for a while, which might have been part of the reason he was fired.
Juan Castillo was fired by an obviously troubled Andy Reid...
Todd Bowles, an alumnus of Temple U. in Philly, was promoted from secondary coach to replace Castillo...
Nnamdi Asomugha "dropped a dime" [pun intended] on Juan Castillo by openly criticizing his zone-defense calls late in the game lost to Detroit, 26-23, in OT. Some speculate this was the event that triggered Reid's firing of Castillo.
"I think we all know how I feel about Juan as a person and as a football coach," Reid said Tuesday during a press conference at the NovaCare Complex. "This was as very difficult decision, one of the toughest things I've had to do as a football coach. But I have always said that I do what I think is best for this football team. Right now, we're an average football team (with a 3-3 record) and I think we're better than that."
More changes may be coming during the Eagles' open week. Reid indicated that he is still evaluating the coaching staff and the players, including quarterback Michael Vick. When asked if Vick is still his starting quarterback, Reid said, "As I sit here today, he is the starting quarterback." That was also his stance regarding Castillo on Monday before changing his mind a day later.
"I'm still evaluating everything," Reid said. "I'm just trying to be honest with you. I'm taking this one day at a time here. I do what I think is best for the Philadelphia Eagles, regardless of public opinion. It's my job to make this team the best it can be."
Secondary coach Todd Bowles will replace Castillo as defensive coordinator for the rest of the season. Bobby April III, the son of Eagles special teams coordinator Bobby April, has been promoted from defensive quality control coach to replace Bowles as secondary coach.
Castillo, the team's offensive line coach for 13 seasons, was in his second season as defensive coordinator after replacing Sean McDermott prior to the 2011 season.
Statistically, the Eagles are currently ranked 12th in total defense, allowing an average of 226.3 yards per game. But they have only seven sacks this season a year after tying for the league lead with 50 and surrendered late leads in losses to Pittsburgh and Detroit. That was also a problem last season, when the Eagles' lost five leads in the fourth quarter en route to an 8-8 record.
"I'm expecting us to play aggressive, emotional football for four quarters," Reid said. "I want us to go all out for four quarters in all three phases (offense, defense, special teams)."
Castillo was one of the Eagles' longest-tenured coaches. He was in his 18th season with the team, tying him with running backs coach Ted Williams. Castillo spent 13 years as the Eagles' offensive line coach before Reid named him to succeed Sean McDermott as defensive coordinator prior to last season.
Bowles joined the Eagles this season after spending the past four seasons as assistant head coach/secondary coach in Miami. He was the Dolphins interim head coach for the final three games last season after Tony Sparano was fired.
Bowles was 2-1 as the interim head coach for Miami last season. The former Temple star is in his 13th season as an assistant. He began his NFL coaching career with the New York Jets in 2000 as a secondary coach, spent four years in Cleveland, four in Dallas and three in Miami.
Beaner ,just figured out yur still having coffee and ive been drinking for 3 hrs and smoked some good pork but.
@southphillyben YEah.... all good mate... I just gotta call work in a minute and I might go make a bloody mary...
drinking in the 91degree sun yesterday has got me pretty hungover...
Here I was thinking April is next on the chopping block... But his son just got a job on the D now as well? Quality control?
Teej whats that mean really..? is it more of an administration role ?
AR will raise his son from the dead to become special asst to duce staley?
@southphillyben Whoa..... thats a bit RAW.... Even for this little black duck
@southphillyben Yeah... Vick holds to long...
I don't agree with everyone saying its TOO early for Foles.. Yet once he is in, what do you do with Vick?!? Wildcat?!? trade?!? They will stick with him I think... But I still think Foles, like a lot of these young QB's starting in the league.. HAS the poise to stand in there...go thru he progression.... and JUST distribute the Rock!!!!!
Forget the extending plays and running it with Vick.. Just throw the thing !!!!!!!
Shit,Actually ..bullshit ! Know what one of our problems is? Peanut!..He is not getting the job done..period! matter of fact, he's a punk assed little bitch...Hate that lil fag too!MV cant even see over a guy like peanut ,needs a lane to throw...Gotta change it up ,ben.
@southphillyben I ain't calling for his head just yet... I am more concerned with Marty Mort trying to Out smart the league with his playcalling... Some really shithouse playcaslling going on....Except involving Coconut Havili more... That was a nice little nugget of success so far this year... in a sea of baffling shit
agreed,peters injury ...KILLED ...our O line..And nothing was done..Mudd,over rated,JC = not a DC,MV still Sucks!Since his days at ATL..And once again,it all starts up front,including AR...I want him gone..
@southphillyben Yeah... I guess the way I looked at Juan....was Reid wanting more control...At least he Used his control correctly with bringing Bowles in..
Even with Roseman in and Banner out, rumours were that was more of the Same.. Yet we had a great draft and Ryans show up.. That put that to rest
Being Over confident with Mudd at the reigns of the O-line situation has hampered us to. Injuries can't be foretold.. But all of a sudden we look average in this department and have No depth.. Reid must hate this situation as an old O-liner... But its a bit late in the year to hoping for a messiah... Why wasn't more guys brought in when Bell was benched to start with!??!
And Beaner...Sorry,just tired of AR pointing at the same people HE put in place...Tired of this guy.
ya i know..but this new computer has sooo much power..
BTW,fuck AR!! isnt he the one who sits there and says ,quote'it all starts with me"?Well it did..Yur next fat bastard! Shit can MV NOW! while we still have a shot at a season..
I wonder why McNeill did get brought in for a tryout... I understand Von Miller smashed his jaw... Hurting his neck or sumlin.... but still you would think it would be an option after 6 months more of healing... Hmmm dropped off the radar....
And why wouldn't you sign Plaxico?!? Even if he doesn't catch a ball... They have to find someone to mark him and create match up issues that could only benefit Maclin and Jackson...
You beauty... after hitting Summer temperatures yesterday.... the 'Southerly Change'... showed up... nearly need me slippers...
@Beandip Surf's up,..why not wax the board and have a go at it today?,..
@BriChung Meh..... No surf... Never seen the River mouth this shallow tho..... lots of sand has been deposited around the Sea walls.. At the lookout yesterday with my buddy Jonny the Skipper... Who has just been given a Shark and Line boat to drive.... We spotted a thin 'trough' you might be able to creep outr over... But certainly gonna have to be a 'High Tide' mission
I think I could walk across at low tide for wall to wall
@BriChung He commented that it means we are likely to has a massive summer storm season due that sand... Hmm... interesting
@Beandip What up Beano!
@PPW scatchin at myself .... mutterin... a bit of scowling...
yep its morning...
Oh yes, PalmFeathers,.. how well I know the chore of attending the political fund-raiser dinner,..the old rubber chicken circuit,..a necessary evil,..for prosperity,..
Yeah - I have a 'working dinner' to go to myself.
I truly hate political crap - necessary evil.
Hate eating with people I wouldn't give a second look to (or them me) in the civilian world.
Be good to each others.
@Palm Feathers least you can eat what you want... they serving pizza and cake?
Tonight going to clam house for dinner. I'll eat only clams. Some on half shell--some steamers. Half dozen oreganota (sp)--well maybe a few oysters.
I'll have a cup of excellent Manhattan clam chowder for a starter.
Life is good. Thank you God!
@sunbutts enjoy... taking the family to SD tomorrow for the weekend... extended celebration of my munchkin's 5th bday... weather should be perfect... life is indeed good.
@atvcar Sounds nice. Have a good trip.