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Iggles with surprise hire as DC

After firing defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, the Eagles embarked on a long search for a replacement, but didn't have to look very far to make the hire. 

Eagles offensive line coach Juan Castillo will now switch roles to run the defense. The team also hired Howard Mudd, a former long-time offensive line coach with the Colts, to replace Castillo. 

Castillo spent the last 13 seasons with the Eagles as an offensive line coach. Under his guidance, four linemen earned their first Pro Bowl selection: Tra Thomas, Jermane Mayberry, Jon Runyan and Shawn Andrews. Castillo has also helped develop undrafted free agents into capable starters, including Jamaal Jackson, Nick Cole, Hank Fraley, Artis Hicks, Bubba Miller and Steve Edwards.

A former linebacker at Texas A&I (1978-80) and for the USFL’s San Antonio Gunslingers (1984-85), Castillo began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater before spending 1986-89 as the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator at Kingsville (TX) High School. He also coached the linebackers and defensive line at Texas A&M-Kingsville from 1982-85. Castillo moved to the offensive side of the ball in 1990, serving as Texas A&M-Kingsville’s offensive line coach until 1994. During that time, he also gained valuable experience as a summer coaching intern for Tampa Bay (1994), Seattle (1993), and Buffalo (1992).

He joined the Eagles in 1995 as an offensive assistant under Ray Rhodes, a post he held until being promoted to tight ends coach in 1997. One year later, he became the club’s offensive line coach. He was one of four members of Rhodes’ staff to be retained by head coach Andy Reid in 1999.

Mudd has 36 years of experience as an offensive line coach, including his most recent stint with the Colts from 1998-2009. On his watch, the Colts allowed a league-low 227 sacks during that span (Tennessee ranked second with 337), and led the league in that category six separate times (2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000 and 1999). Additionally, Mudd’s group paved the way for Edgerrin James’ two rushing titles in 1999 and 2000. He also helped produce a combined seven Pro Bowl appearances by Tarik Glenn (2004-06) and Jeff Saturday (2005-09).

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