The Philadelphia Eagles have stumbled out of the gate this season to a 3-3 record with plenty of blame to go around, except for a defense that has done a pretty good job thus far. Unfortunately, that is exactly where the organization has placed the blame with a move made early Tuesday, as the team fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo despite his unit ranking among the top of the league in several categories.
After play at the end of week six, the Eagles defensive ranks in the middle of the pack in the NFL at 12th in total offensive yards allowed per game (330.8 yards), 15th in both passing yards allowed per game (226.3 yards) and rushing yards allowed per game (104.5 yards), 13th in points allowed per game (20.8 points). The Eagles are also currently are tied for 10th in the NFC in takeaways with eight, 10th in the NFL in yards allowed per play, 4th in both third down conversions allowed and red zone touchdown percentage.
But that isn’t the true reason why the Eagles are a .500 ball club after six weeks. The reason is that their offense can’t hold on to the football. Philadelphia currently ranks 31st in the league in both giveaways with 17 and giveaway/takeaway ratio with a -9. Quarterback Michael Vick is currently sixth in the NFL most interceptions thrown with eight and second in total turnovers with 11.
Last time I checked, the defensive coordinator has nothing to do with any of those categories in that last paragraph, yet still Castillo has been held accountable for the Eagles failure to obtain a winning record after six weeks. Someone had to be held accountable for the struggles so far in Philly and unfortunately Castillo was used a scape goat for the real perpetrator. We all know who that is, Mr. Andy Reid.
The Eagles have promoted secondary coach Todd Bowles to replace Castillo as the defensive coordinator and Bowles will have two weeks (Eagles have bye in week 7) to get his defensive acclimated with any changes he may be attempting to implement. Following the bye week Philadelphia will host the 6-0 Atlanta Falcons who will also come off of a bye week. Throughout Reid’s tenure as the Eagles head coach is 13-0 in games following a bye week.