Andy Reid fires Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo

October 16, 2012

Andy Reid was pointing fingers as the Eagles headed into their bye with a loss. (Rich Schultz / AP)

A day after saying he might “tear things up” during the team’s bye week, Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid has fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, replacing him with Todd Bowles.

“We’re six games into the season and average isn’t good enough,” Reid said in a statement. “I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it.”

On Monday, Reid promised to take a hard look at his 3-3 team but didn’t indicate whether he would make a change with Castillo, who was in his second season as defensive coordinator. Castillo was a rather puzzling hire when he was named to replace Sean McDermott (who had replaced the late Jim Johnson). Castillo, who had spent 16 years coaching on the offensive side and 13 as the team’s offensive line coach, has been long under fire. In making the move, Reid called Castillo “one of the finest football coaches that I have ever worked with.”

Bowles, who played for the Washington Redskins from 1986-90 and from 1992-93. was hired to coach the Eagles’ secondary in January. He was named the secondary coach for the Dolphins in 2008 and filled in as interim coach after the Dolphins fired Tony Sparano last year, going 2-1.

The move was first reported by Jeff McLane of Philly.com and Les Bowen wondered immediately whether just might be setting in.

Reid’s painstaking review didn’t last long. While many people close to the team thought the loyal offensive line coach was a bizarre choice to lead the defense two years ago, and many felt he should have been replaced after last season, axing him at 3-3 seems transparently panicky, the move of a coach who is desperate to hold onto his job and is willing to try just about anything.

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