Eagles owner Jeff Lurie admitted Tuesday that he had serious reservations about Andy Reid’s decision to promote his longtime offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, to defensive coordinator last year.
``Yes, I did,’’ he said. ``But I let Andy make that call. I respected his decision. He felt it was the best thing to do at the time and I don’t interfere in that area.’’
And just to be clear, the decision Tuesday to fire Castillo six games into his second season as defensive coordinator also was Reid’s and Reid’s alone.
``I will never do that,’’ Lurie said when asked if he had anything to do with the decision to replace Castillo with secondary coach Todd Bowles. ``The way I operate, a coach is responsible for his staff. Succeed and fail based on who he chooses and his own performance. I don’t trigger that.’’
Lurie said he felt bad for Castillo.
``He preceded Andy,’’ he said. ``I’ve known his family since they were little kids. He’s done nothing but work really hard. Maybe he was put in an unfortunate position too early. That’s what I would say. That’s not Juan’s fault that he was put in that position too early.’’