For Philadelphia Eagles fans hoping defensive coordinator Juan Castillo would be fired soon after a disappointing 1-4 start–it appears that’s not going to happen and his job is safe for the time being.
According to Les Bowen of Philly.com, Eagles head coach Andy Reid confirmed on Monday that he has no plans of firing Castillo–despite the team’s disappointing play on defense over the last four games. Philadelphia entered the 2011 season as strong contenders for the Super Bowl, but the so-called “Dream Team” has turned into a nightmare over the last four weeks with numerous mistakes on both sides of the ball.
However, Castillo has received plenty of criticism for the team’s poor performance on defense as the Eagles have been unable to stop the run at all this season (ranked 28th by allowing 140.2 rushing yards per game). Not to mention Philadelphia has blown double digit leads in three of their four losses this season as the defense has allowed their opponents to fight their way back into the game each time.
There were plenty of questions surrounding the Eagles when Reid made the surprise move of making Castillo–who was the team’s offensive line coach last season–the defensive coordinator this season. Reid claims Castillo’s job is safe for now, but if the defense continues to play at this disappointing level–it will only be a matter of time before the organization realizes what a terrible decision they made by allowing an offensive line coach to become the defensive coordinator and get rid of Castillo.
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