After what feels like forever, the Eagles have finally hired their new defensive coordinator. Juan Castillo will take over the reins from Sean McDermott who was fired back on January 15th.
Most Eagles fans are very familiar with Castillo has he’s been with the organization since 1995. However, Castillo has spent his entire career with the Eagles coaching various offensive positions. He spent two years as an offensive assistant before spending a year as the Eagles tight ends coach. In 1998, Castillo took over as the Eagles offensive line coach and that is what he is best known for.
This will be an interesting transition for Castillo who spent so much time coaching the offensive side of the ball. To be honest, the move is just downright confusing.
A lot of time passed between the firing of McDermott and the hiring of Castillo. There was speculation that the reason it was taking so long was because the Eagles wanted someone from one of the teams playing in this week’s Super Bowl.
Once Dick Jauron took another position, there was no one who believed the hiring would be internal.
The Eagles landed a giant when they brought in Jim Washburn, and it seemed like things were heading in the right direction. However, this move is very odd. Castillo has no NFL experience coaching the defensive side of the ball and will now be the defensive coordinator for a team that will be a playoff contender in 2011.
I don’t understand this move at all. Castillo is a great offensive line coach, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be a great defensive coordinator.
In place of Castillo, Howard Mudd will now coach the offensive line.