Oh, what a task it is to replace former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Not.
The reason why that statement is so obviously dripping with sarcasm is because Castillo was promoted to D-coordinator by ex-Eagles head coach Andy Reid before the 2011 season, after serving as the team’s offensive line coach for 13 years. Castillo also spent the three seasons prior with the Eagles as an offensive assistant.
Well, now after Castillo was canned mid-season and Reid was let go on 2012’s ‘Black Monday,’ the Eagles are in search of a worthy suitor to serve as defensive coordinator.
It looked this week like the Eagles may have found their guy in New York Giants linebacker coach Jim Herrmann, but it is now being reported that he has backed out of the pursuit.
Herrmann could have certainly been able to ignite this Eagles’ defense, as he has been largely successful during his time in charge of the Giants’ linebacking core, winning Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots‘ historically dominant offense just last year.
Following Herrmann’s withdrawal, University of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has emerged as the front-runner for the Eagles’ D-coordinator job.
It was just as mind-boggling when Castillo’s promotion took place as it is now, considering Castillo hadn’t coached defense at any level since 1989, where he lead the defense of Kingsville High School.
Yes, high school. So it clearly came as no surprise when Castillo effectively ran the Eagles’ incredibly talented defensive directly into the ground over the past two seasons.
The most aggravating part for the Eagles’ organization is that their generously-compensated defense could easily be one of the best in the NFL with the right guidance and scheme.
While the Eagles do need a skilled and capable professional to revamp their struggling defense, really, anybody will be an upgrade from Castillo.
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