October 17, 2012By Truman Vernon of DFW Xpress
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Juan Castillo's offense-to-defense coaching experiment backfired in Philadelphia, costing the defensive coordinator his job.
Castillo was fired by Eagles coach Andy Reid on Tuesday and replaced by secondary coach Todd Bowles. It was the first time Reid dismissed a coach midseason in his 14 years in charge.
''I put Juan in this situation and things didn't work out the way I had hoped,'' Reid said. ''I take full responsibility for putting him in that situation.''
Reid's decision last year to promote Castillo after 13 seasons as offensive line coach was a stunner. It came after a long search and with new defensive line coach Jim Washburn already in place running a wide-nine scheme that isn't widely used.
Castillo was under the microscope right from the start, with nearly every move he made scrutinized intensely. He seemed overmatched in his first season and the defense struggled as Philadelphia started 4-8. But Castillo's unit showed enough improvement during a season-ending four-game winning streak that he stuck around.
''I have to do what I think is right whether it's with public opinion,'' Reid said, ''or against public opinion.''
The move came two days after the defense blew a 10-point lead with 5:18 remaining and lost 26-23 in overtime to Detroit. A week earlier, the defense allowed Pittsburgh to rally for a winning field goal in the final seconds.
Does this look and sound familiar? If you were a part of the 2012 team you will know what this is about. This article is not completely the same but it hits home just as well.