Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Eagles have fired
defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and have promoted secondary coach Todd
Bowles to the post.
The move comes just two days after the Eagles blew a 10-point lead late in the
fourth quarter and dropped a 26-23 overtime decision against Detroit.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid indicated on Monday that changes could be coming
with the team just 3-3 heading into their bye week.
"We're six games into the season and average isn't good enough," said Reid. "I
know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it."
Castillo came under fire last year in his first season in charge of the
defense after 13 years as the Eagles' offensive line coach. Reid stuck with
Castillo despite widespread speculation of a potential change in the wake of
an 8-8 season.
Reid's job security is also on the line this season. Owner Jeffrey Lurie had
indicated during the summer that another .500 mark would probably force some
major changes within the organization.
Bowles, meanwhile, was in his first season as Philadelphia's secondary coach.
He joined the team in January after spending four seasons with the Miami
Dolphins, including the final three games of the 2011 campaign as interim head
The Temple product posted a 2-1 record last December with the Dolphins after
Tony Sparano was fired and was considered for the full-time position that went
to Joe Philbin.
Bowles has also been a secondary coach with Dallas, Cleveland and the New York
Jets in 13 seasons as an NFL assistant.
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