Multiple media outlets have confirmed that the Eagles have fired 2nd year coordinator Juan Castillo. Andy Reid made the decision early this morning.
In a press conference Monday morning, Reid announced the firing. “We’re six-games into the season, and average isn’t good enough. I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it.” said Reid. Newly hired secondary coach, Todd Bowles, has been promoted to defensive coordinator on an interim basis.
Fans have been calling for Castillo’s job since last season. Castillo spent 16-seasons with the Eagles in assistant capacities. After firing previous defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, head coach Andy Reid made the decision to promote Castillo to defensive coordinator. This move drew major criticism due to the fact that Castillo had been the offensive line coach to that point. So after a lockout shortened off-season and complete over haul of the teams defensive schemes, the Eagles defense struggled significantly for the first half of the season.
The defense did pull it together late last season, helping to salvage an 8-8 record in a season where they were supposed to be a “dream team”. But under severe public pressure of his own to succeed, Andy Reid needed to show significant improvement over last season. The Eagles, 3-3 going into the bye week, have not improved. Reid, after a heartbreaking overtime loss to Detroit Sunday, vowed to tear things a part and evaluate everything going forward. This is certainly in line with those comments.