Eagles fire Castillo, promote former Redskins player

Eagles fire Castillo, promote former Redskins player
October 16, 2012, 10:30 am
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After blowing yet another fourth quarter lead on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Castillo was in his second season as head of the defense and will be replaced by secondary coach Todd Bowles.

Head coach Andy Reid, a longtime colleague and friend of Castillo’s, released a statement via the team:

"I want to make it clear that I have nothing but the ultimate respect for Juan Castillo as a coach and as a person. He's one of the finest football coaches that I have ever worked with. He has served this organization extremely well for 18 years and letting him go was a difficult decision. I know he will continue to be a successful coach in this league and wish he and his family nothing but the best.”

Through six weeks the 3-3 Eagles haven’t been among the league’s best defenses, but they have also been far from the worst. Philly ranks 12th in the NFL in yardage allowed (330.8 per game) and place 13th in points allowed (20.8 per game).

The one stat that really stands out about Castillo’s tenure on defense is seven blown fourth quarter leads since 2011. On Sunday the Detroit Lions came to win by scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter in Philadelphia.

Bowles joined the Eagles after being the secondary coach with the Miami Dolphins in 2011. He played eight seasons in the NFL as a safety and started Super Bowl XXII for the Redskins.