Eagles Expected to Retain Castillo as Defensive Coordinator, Hire Bowles to Coach Secondary

By Carl Conrad

Reports are circulating out of Philadelphia (including from the Philadelphia Inquirer) that much maligned defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will retain that position with the organization.  The Eagles are also expected to hire former Miami Dolphin interim coach Todd Bowles to coach the secondary.  The announcement is expected later today, while Reid will meet with the media on Tuesday.  This should put to bed the months of speculation, much of which was not helped by the fact that Andy Reid refused to comment on the coaching situation, only fueling the rumors and conjecture.

Since the incredibly disappointing 2011 season ended, everyone has been guessing as to whether or not the way Philadelphia ended the season was enough for Castillo, an offensive line coach until being promoted to defensive coordinator, to keep that position within the club.  Apparently, the answer is a resounding “yes”, despite rumors that the Eagles were looking at bringing back Steve Spagnuolo or just about any other coach that was looking for employment, to head up the defensive unit.

The secondary coaching position became available earlier this month when Philadelphia fired Johnnie Lynn, who previously was responsible for coaching defensive backs.   Bowles, a Temple graduate, is credited with having an innate ability to develop and coach defensive backs, and with some young, inexperienced members in the Philadelphia Secondary, his guidance could be an incredible asset.

Now that Castillo can let out a sigh of relief, it is imperative that his group continues to improve because there is no doubt that he is going to be on a short leash in 2012.  There will not be any excuses about not having an offseason and needing time to gel.  If this group does not play consistently disciplined and inspired football, the Eagles will almost certainly be looking for someone to oversee the defense, and they may not even wait until the season ends.  With that being said, here’s hoping that Castillo’s group finally started to figure things out at the end of the year last year, and that momentum continues through next season.

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