Report: Fire Juan Castillo or Find New Job

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I was always a big fan of if-then statements in high school geometry class. For example: If the Phillies are held scoreless by an aging Chris Carpenter in Game 5 of the NLDS, then their best season ever will be all for naught (see how easy that is?).

Now we have a new one in the Philly sports landscape… 


Per Mike Florio of

If Andy Reid is willing to admit his mistake and fire Juan Castillo, then he will get to keep his job next season. 


If Andy Reid refuses to actively admit that it was a mistake to hire an offensive line coach as his defensive coordinator, then he will be fired.

That’s right, Reid still has an out, according to Florio’s “league source,” whom we’ll choose to believe for now: [Pro Football Talk]

But it won’t be automatic.  Per a league source, Reid’s future will hinge on his willingness to admit that it was a mistake to shift Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator.  If Reid concedes that he erred, and rectifies the blunder by firing Castillo, Reid will stay.  If he refuses, Reid will be gone. 


Think about that for a moment: The promotion of Castillo to defensive coordinator – a move that most intelligent beings viewed as a make-or-break decision for Reid – may prove to not be the final straw for Big Red, if he chooses to fire his pupil at season’s end.

Now, while this makes for a nice, tight little story, the world generally isn’t that simplistic. The scenario presented by Florio’s source seems more destined to be the plot of a Shia LaBeouf flick (in which our less-than-talented protagonist is faced with the difficult choice of sacrificing his career or offing his drug-slinging Mexican landscaper) rather than a black-or-white NFL personnel decision, but we’ll buy the report… at least until we hear otherwise.

This, of course, makes me sad.

The ire directed at Reid is not only due to his reckless choice of defensive coordinator, it’s also based on years of underachieving, poor clock management skills and a general inability to do a better job. So, if the above ultimatum does prove to be true, then don’t you worry, you little readers you… we’ll provide the pitchforks for #occupynovacare.

[Related: Drew Cohen writes an open letter to the Eagles]

17 Responses

  1. If I had a nickel for every time a league source produced a news story, I’d make about $6 an hour.

  2. I don’t think Lurie is that stupid, but we’ll see. They have a lot of other issues besides the defense.

  3. I’m an Andy Reid supporter but even I can see that hiring Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator was a major mistake. I think the Eagles should hire Steve Spagnuolo or Leslie Frazier both head coaches right now that will likely be fired, and both have experience coaching defense under Jim Johnson as the next defensive coordinator. But again that’s still a big if on them getting fired from their current jobs and willing to take a slightly lesser role as a coordinator.

  4. This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read on the internet. The only way this would make ANY sense is if Reid signs Castillo’s paychecks, which I’m 99.9% sure he doesn’t.

  5. Now, Kyle, I gotta nerd out on you for a moment here…
    As a Geometry teacher, I gotta tell you that you shouldn’t have said “Conversely”, but “Inversely”. Converse would’ve been “If he wants to keep his job, then he’ll admit his mistake and fire Castillo”.
    Only reason I brought it up is that you were going with the Geometry thing.

  6. Yeah blame Juan because all of us know sooo much about defensive planning and schemes.
    heres what I know
    1. All the LB’s freakin blow
    2. All the S’s Blow
    3. Our DTs are average at best against the run
    4. that means we suck ass right up the middle
    5. we play a retarded wide 9 defensive
    yeah Castillo was really setup to succeed … you people slay me
    No Love,
    Beez Nutz

  7. Hey Beez here’s what I know: before this, no head coach has ever shifted an offensive line coach with no NFL defensive coaching experience to defensive coordinator, and no head coach ever will again after this. Sure our defensive players outside of a few selfish corners and ends pretty much suck and have little talent, but that doesn’t mean the Castillo move gets a pass.

  8. Did i say the move should get a pass ???
    I said everyone (non coaches) who are blaming this guy for all the problems are assholes. None of you have the slightest idea of how equipped he is to be a def coordinator.
    they gave him a pile of shit (the team) and told him to make a steak dinner, but do it in these specific confines (the wide 9).
    Screw Roesman and screw Reeid I agree. hell screw castillo i dont know or care if he’s good. But for us to sit here an blame him is bullshit.
    Blame roseman and banner. They chose these losers on the D side of the ball. Why else would they simply tell Andy “admit youre wrong about Juan”. You people are puppets, use your brains for once.
    Beez Nutz

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