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Juan Castillo Will Coach in the Super Bowl

Kyle Scott - January 22, 2013

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In case you missed it late yesterday: The Baltimore Ravens announced that they have hired Juan Castillo to help them win the Super Bowl.

No, really.

John Harbaugh, who worked with Castillo in Philadelphia from 1998-2007, has brought on his old pal to serve as – ready for this? – the Ravens' “run-game coordinator” for the Super Bowl.


Castillo is an intriguing pickup. The Baltimore Sun reported he has spent time with the Ravens in recent weeks and will travel with them to Super Bowl XLVII in his new role. Not a bad turn of events for the man who was scapegoated in Philly just months ago. 


Add RGC to offensive line coach and defensive coordinator, and Castillo becomes a renaissance man, of sorts. The most interesting hombre in football, some say. While Andy Reid is searching for the best BBQ joint in KC and the Eagles are working on rebuilding their franchise, Castillo, who became a martyr last year, will coach in the Super Bowl. I’m sure he’s just so happy and proud to be given this opportunity by Mr. Harbaugh. 

Of course, this sounds like more of a token appointment, a hey, you got screwed by our old boss, so come get fitted for a ring hire if there even was one. But, since Castillo has now coached on both sides of the ball in the NFL, he might be able to help out. What a Junaderful story this is.

Jim Washburn Reportedly Demeaned Juan Castillo by Calling Him “Juanita” and Embarrassing Him in Meetings

Kyle Scott - December 3, 2012

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As if this season couldn't get weirder… a report from CSN’s Reuben Frank sheds some light on why Jim Washburn was let go (besides, you know, the Eagles defensive line being an embarassment to sport). In absolutely shredding the decision to hire Washburn before promoting Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator last year, Frank puts forth this bit of tid: [CSN Philly]

Castillo is a good man who was put in an impossible situation. Washburn, a lifetime defensive coach who’s never been shy about speaking his mind and trampling anyone in his way, often made his disdain for Castillo clear.

Washburn operated apart from Castillo, running his own little defensive line fiefdom and often either ignoring Castillo or derisively calling him “Juanita” in front of his players, the veteran defensive player said. He was condescending and confrontational and embarrassed Castillo frequently in meetings and at practice and also went over the line criticizing his players at times. 


Jeez. At least Washburn showed enough retraint to refrain from asking Castillo to cut the grass on the practice field.

The whole story from Frank is worth a read, an Andy Reid.

Frank (Roob) has been the harshest critic of the Eagles – specifically, Babin, Washburn and the defense – among beat reporters. His Twitter beef with Jason Babin’s wife seemed to start it all. He got in digs at Babin when Babin was released. And today, he tweeted upon his arrival to the NovaCare Complex:


I’m applauding Roob for standing up to the misguided Eagles PR machine. Of course, some assumed it was Roob of whom Babin spoke when our (least) favorite lunkhead said the Philly media was “unprofessional” and didn’t tie their shoes, among other things. A person who spends quite a bit of time in and around the Eagles locker room emailed me to say that Roob often appears “slovenly” and that his untied shoes are a bit of a “trademark.” [Welcome to my inbox, people.]

Now, I don’t write those things to rip Roob (because he’s done a fine job of skewering the Eagles), but merely to point out that our messenger for this post is kind of in the middle of the story– this tangled web of Reid, Washburn, Babin, and the god awful Wide 9.

What’s more is that Washburn and Babin are very closely tied. Washburn was reportedly enraged when Babin was let go, a move that sealed Washburn's fate with the Eagles. Reid told reporters that both decisions – to let Babin go and fire Washburn – were his. He said that firing Washburn was not to save his own job, but that it “needed to be done now.” It's odd, though, that Castillo was fired before Washburn.

In a way, sacking Babin and Washburn, and officially demoting Michael Vick, are the moves of a coach rebuilding for the future, not one on his way out. It’s hard to imagine a situation where Reid doesn’t get fired after the season, and perhaps he only knows one way to do his job… but most coaches on the way out don’t make moves with an eye toward next year and beyond. You’d think that Reid would want to eek out as many wins as possible to boost his (admittedly) strong resume.  So, that makes you wonder.

One thing is clear, though: Washburn seems like a real asshole.

Babin had two tackles and no sacks in a loss to the Bills yesterday.

Brandon Graham Takes a Swipe a Juan Castillo

Kyle Scott - October 24, 2012

Speaking to CSN’s Reuben Frank, Brandon Graham became the latest disappointing Eagles draft pick to say something that annoys you.

As if it wasn’t already clear that Juan Castillo wasn’t particularly good at his job, Graham wants to make sure you know that the defense’s struggles could be blamed in large part on Castillo’s play-calling: [CSN Philly]

“That’s what [Bowles] talked about, not being predictable in the fourth quarter, because by the fourth quarter everybody knows what we’re going to do, and that’s how we get beat.”

“I think we started running the same stuff over and over and not switching it up as much.”

“A lot of time we ran the same coverage, stuff like that. I listen to the calls every play – ‘Coach, what do we have this play? What do we have this play,’ and it was always pretty much the same stuff.” 


Poor Juan.

For Some Strange Reason, Juan Castillo Says He Would Still Take a Bullet for Andy Reid, Who F$%@ed Him

Kyle Scott - October 16, 2012

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Lovable. Hard-working. Mexican-American. Juan Castillo has canine loyalty. 

Speaking to NBC 10’s Vai Sikahema, Castillo said he would still take a bullet for his master Andy Reid:

“The thing that hurts is that I let him down. I let the organization down. You know the way you and I were brought up. When somebody gives you an opportunity, you produce. And I let them down. I let the city of Philadelphia down. My job was to bring a championship and I didn’t get it done.  

I feel bad for coach Reid, that I didn’t get it done for him, for the city, and for Mr. Lurie.” 

You said once, you’d take a bullet for him.

“I’d still do that right now. All we ask in life is an opportunity. And I had an opportunity. And what hurts is you got to take advantage of opportunity, that’s life. That’s what you have to do, and I did not take advantage of opportunity. It hurts my family, it hurts coach Reid, it hurts Mr. Lurie, it hurts the city.” 


It's hurting me. I'm crying over here. 


Anyway, that’s me. Juan is decidedly more forgiving. 

Heartbreaking video after the jump.

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BREAKING: Juan Castillo Fired

Kyle Scott - October 16, 2012

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As first reported by CSN’s Reuben Frank, Juan Castillo, the offensive line coach turned defensive coordinator, has been fired. He’ll be replaced with Todd Bowles.

Andy Reid and the Eagles quickly released a statement:

"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.”


Bowles is in his first year with the Eagles, as the secondary coach. He played with the 49ers and Redskins (twice). He was mostly recently with the Dolphins as their secondary coach and assistant head coach, and was briefly named their interim head coach in December, 2011. He’s also coached with the Jets, Browns and Cowboys, and, before that, was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Morehouse College and defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Grambling State.

Castillo’s defensive coaching experience was almost nonexistent.  As noted by Eagles beat reporter Matt Lombardo, Castillo’s defenses blew eight fourth quarter leads in 22 games with the Eagles.

Of course, you can’t totally blame Castillo. He was a lousy defensive coordinator, but he was put in a position to fail by Reid. Plus, the defense was probably the least of the Eagles’ problems this year. Michael Vick can’t stop giving the football to the other team, the offense doesn’t show up until the end of the second quarter, the best running back in the league doesn’t run the ball enough, and the same goofball head coach makes the same goofball mistakes he’s been making since I was a sophomore in high school. I’m 29 now.

Reid firing Castillo is essentially him admitting a mistake. At the time of Castillo’s announcement as defensive coordinator, many assumed the move would define Reid, either make or break him. It broke him, for sure, but it looks like he’ll be given 10 games to redeem himself. If not, we can assume that Andy will join Juan in the unemployment line in January.

The Eagles will hold a press conference at noon.

Report: Juan Castillo Will Remain as Defensive Coordinator

Kyle Scott - January 30, 2012

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Inquirer Eagles beat reporter Jeff McLane, who was once punched by his colleague Les Bowen, tweeted that the Eagles will hire Todd Bowles to be defensive backs coach and Juan Castillo will stay on as defensive coordinator.

Just a moment later (three minutes to be exact), Eagles mouthpiece Dave Spadaro tweeted: The Eagles have Todd Bowles in for an interview on Monday for a vacancy as a defensive backs coach in charge of cornerbacks. 

Thanks, Dave Spadaro. I think the cat is already out of the bag.

Bowen and Tim McManus confirmed McLane’s report.

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Report: Fire Juan Castillo or Find New Job

Kyle Scott - December 4, 2011


Thanks to Matt for the image

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]

Help Juanted: Eagles May Bring in a “Consultant” to Coach Castillo

Kyle Scott - October 11, 2011


I made a promise to my mother that I'd never lean on others for help

Dear society, raise your hands if you saw this coming.

– looks around –

All of you. Yep, about what I expected.

Last night, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the Eagles are going to consider bringing in a defensive consultant – an efficiency expert – during the bye week to help Juan Castillo.

Poor Juan, he was set up for failure, because, you know, he’s an offensive line coach.

My buddy Matt called me last night and asked if I was surprised that the Eagles are such a disaster on defense: Kyle, this would be like me applying for a job as a doctor, and when they asked if I was, in fact, a doctor, I’d say “no, but I’ve had a lot of check-ups.”

It’s unclear if the consultant would be a short term assistant, a permanent part of the team, or really just a new defensive coordinator. Whatever the case may be, his (or her– at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ashley Fox is brought in to work with the linebackers) very presence will undermine Castillo, who, from the outset, was of questionable authority. But, hey, at least he's good at dealing with people.

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What the hell is wrong with you people?