After six weeks the Philadelphia Eagles are a 3-3 team without an identity heading into their bye week. Which apparently couldn’t come soon enough for a team struggling to find any rhythm come Sunday’s. The Eagles offense ranks 31st in points and 31st in turnovers, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Eagles have made a drastic change on defense… Wait… What…?!
After Sundays 26-23 overtime loss to the Lions Eagles head coach Andy Reid said that he was going to “tear things apart” and it didn’t take him very long to start shredding. The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday that they have dismissed Juan Castillo from his duties as defensive coordinator.
“I want to make it clear that I have nothing but the ultimate respect for Juan Castillo as a coach and as a person,” Reid said in a released statement by the team. “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. We’re six games into the season and average isn’t good enough. I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it.”
For now Reid will hand the defense over to Todd Bowles who served as the Dolphins interim head coach in 2011, before coming over to the Eagles as a defensive backs coach in 2012, and is largely regarded as one of the rising defensive minds in the NFL.
It should be interesting how the Eagles respond to the changes in week 8 after a full week off, as they have never lost under Andy Reid when coming off the bye. But a massive test awaits them when they host the powered Atlanta Falcons.