Newsday's Bob Glauber goes the extra yard for the inside scoop on the NFL.
Philly shocker: Eagles fire Juan Castillo
In the wake of a fourth-quarter meltdown against the Lions, who rallied in the fourth quarter and beat the Eagles in overtime on Sunday, head coach Andy Reid has fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Secondary coach Todd Bowles is now the team's top defensive coach.
"I want to make it clear that I have nothing but the ultimate respect for Juan Castillo as a coach and as a person," Reid said in a statement released by the team. "He's one of the finest football coaches that I have ever worked with. He has served this organization extremely well for 18 years and letting him go was a difficult decision. I know he will continue to be a successful coach in this league and wish he and his family nothing but the best.
"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."
The Eagles have allowed 20.8 points per game -13th in the 32-team NFL - while Reid's offense is ranked 31st in points and turnovers. Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said after Sunday's loss that he disagreed with how the Eagles were playing the Lions in terms of coverages late in the game. Reid evidently agrees with his star defender.
Reid appointed Bowles as his new defensive coordinator. The former NFL defensive back had been the Eagles' secondary coach. He came over from Miami, where he worked on former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano's staff.
Reid is clearly feeling the heat in what could be a make or break season for him. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie said before the season that he needs to see improvement on the Eagles' 8-8 season in 2011. Right now, the Eagles, 3-3, are on track to equal that record.