The Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the biggest disappointments so far during the 2012 season as they’re coming off back-to-back losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions to sit at 3-3 heading into the bye week. Obviously, this team needs to make plenty of adjustments considering they have enough weapons on paper to be considered one of the best in the NFC East and two days after losing to the Lions, they’ve already made one key change–firing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
Philadelphia made the announcement about Castillo on Tuesday and Todd Bowles will take over the duties at defensive coordinator for the time being. The Eagles took a risk prior to the 2011 season when they named Castillo–a man with no defensive coaching experience in the NFL–defensive coordinator and many were surprised to see the team bring back for this season.
From the organization’s perspective, Castillo was worth another shot considering the team ended the 2011 season on a four-game winning streak. However, when looking at the quality of talent Philadelphia played to finish the season out, it was easy to see that any defense could have performed well against Matt Moore, Rex Grossman, Mark Sanchez, and Stephen McGee.
It’s a shame this took the Eagles six weeks into the regular season to realize this move, but it’s better now than never. The fact that Philadelphia failed to record a single sack over the last three games was a major reason to be concerned and let’s hope these changes have an immediate impact for the defense.
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