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Eagles promote OL coach Juan Castillo to DC



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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles searched far and wide for a new defensive coordinator. In the end, they found a familiar face right in their own backyard.

Juan Castillo, who spent 13 seasons as an Eagles offensive line coach and has been with the organization for 16 years, will switch over to the defensive side of the ball, and replace Sean McDermott, who was fired on Jan. 15. The team, which also added Howard Mudd as the new offensive line coach to replace Castillo, made the announcement on Wednesday.

"It's a tribute to the hard work, the diligence and the kind of football coach he is," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "I think if you have the opportunity to talk to any player, if you have an opportunity to talk to any coach that has been a Philadelphia Eagle, and many coaches throughout the league, what might seem a little strange is just a very confident move, and one that will take our defense to another level."

A former linebacker at Texas A&I (1978-80), Castillo, 51, played for the USFL's San Antonio Gunslingers (1984-85), and also was an assistant at Texas A&M-Kingsville from 1982-85.

"I think if you talk to the defensive guys, especially the front seven, I've always told them I'm a defensive guy who got stuck on the offensive side," Castillo said. "That took a lot of years of studying. That was a tough deal. What happens is you start to be perceived as an offensive guy."

Castillo is one of few NFL coaches of Hispanic descent. He is fluent in Spanish and has promoted the NFL product for its Spanish-speaking audience.

"Juan is one of the smartest and most dynamic coaches in the NFL," Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "If anyone could cross over to the dark side [of defense], he's the guy. Seriously, if anyone can do it, Juan Castillo is able to do it. I don't know if I have seen anyone any more committed as a coach in this league than him."

Castillo joined the Eagles in 1995 as an offensive assistant under coach Ray Rhodes. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 1997, and then offensive line coach in 1998.

"I have a strong affinity for Juan going back to our days spent together in Philadelphia," Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "I can remember Jim Johnson and our defensive staff putting our game plans together and we'd always get together with Juan just to make sure they were sound in terms of pressures and blitzes. Sometimes, I felt like he was on our defensive staff. And to do this day, he and I talk every week during the season to talk about other offenses in the league."

Castillo was one of four members of Rhodes' staff to be retained by Reid in 1999.

"Great move by Coach Reid. Juan is a football junkie who has always studied the entire game," said St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo, a former Eagles assistant. "He's a detailed, aggressive, and passionate football coach -- all attributes vital to coaching defense."

The Eagles won the NFC East this season, but lost to the eventual NFC-champion Green Bay Packers, 21-16, in the wild-card round at Lincoln Financial Field. After the dramatic, come-from-behind, 38-31 win over the New York Giants at The Meadowlands, they finished the year with three consecutive losses, all at home.

McDermott's defense finished 12th overall, giving up 327.2 yards per game.
This is not unusual.

Mike Nolan was WR's coach in Baltimore back in '01.
i have a buddy who is an Eagles fan and he's f**king pissed about this. I lol'd at him.
Mark my words... This will be Andy Reid's last season as the Eagles' HC!
Originally posted by PTulini:
Mark my words... This will be Andy Reid's last season as the Eagles' HC!

maybe...i won't judge this move because i know nothing about castillo. maybe he'll be awesome. but Reid is on a short leash in the fans minds.. I think they're spoiled, frankly. I would gladly trade the Eagles last ten years for the Niners last ten years.

But if they don't go deep into the postseason next year, I think the fans might kind of force Lurie's hand.
Originally posted by HessianDud:
i have a buddy who is an Eagles fan and he's f**king pissed about this. I lol'd at him.

I am texting my Eagles friend now to fuk with him
He's coordinating an NFL defense even though he's coached offensive linemen for the last 20 years . . . he's the most interesting man in the world.

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Originally posted by PTulini:
Mark my words... This will be Andy Reid's last season as the Eagles' HC!

I kind of agree he;'s been with the team since 1999 and hasn't won a Super Bowl... will he ever? Very bizarre move when so many better candidates have been available
Well he does have 20 years of knowning how to block out a defense and adjusting to blitz... Might be a good move. But i think the eagles front 7 in horrible... Just horrible i mean i don't even remember them really doing much against ours. And against the packers they couldn't sniff rodgers or stuff the run up... I think it's talent issues, and when you the greatest Dc for 10 years to can blitz and over come that, maybe this guy can do that!
Did they hire him away from the Phillies?
I can't wait for them to suck, and we throw a barrage of old people at their fans while we dismantle them.
that is a weird jump , from OL coach to DC.... i dont think the DC was the problem last year for philly on D

they are too soft in the middle, they cant stop the run, the stregnths of that D were asante samuel and trent cole stopping the passing game, guys like quinten mikel stewart bradly were the only good D players they had , i dont think the eagles can win the superbowl , unless they get some more talent on D, but with vick in the game, it will take an athletic defense to beat them , like greenbays, and hopefully ours next year
Rumor is that they are going after Singletary for their OC position.
by davidwhite: Remember DB coach Johnnie Lynn, Singletary's close friend who resigned for personal reasons a week before Sing got fired?

bydavidwhite: Lynn has been hired to coach the Eagles' secondary.
Originally posted by PTulini:
by davidwhite: Remember DB coach Johnnie Lynn, Singletary's close friend who resigned for personal reasons a week before Sing got fired?

bydavidwhite: Lynn has been hired to coach the Eagles' secondary.

Yeah, a lot of assistants (assumingly) knew Sing was going to get the axe (it was inevitable), so some jumped ship earlier to get a head-start on the unemployment process.