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Reid: Castillo, coaches 'will stay intact'

As criticism of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo mounts after four weeks, Eagles coach Andy Reid said today that the "coaches will stay intact."

Reid: Castillo, coaches 'will stay intact'

Juan Castillo is on the hot seat after his defense has allowed three second-half comebacks. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Juan Castillo is on the hot seat after his defense has allowed three second-half comebacks. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

As criticism of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo mounts after four weeks, Eagles coach Andy Reid said today that the "coaches will stay intact."

"The coaches will stay intact, but we have to thoroughly evaluate everything," Reid said. "We and I evaluate everything ... The coaches will stay intact and we go from there."

Asked specifically about Castillo, Reid said, "Listen, I thnik Juan is doing some good things. If you ask the same question about myself and the other coaches and the players, there are some good things that we’re doing and a lot of things we need to work on. I’m telling you it’s not one person. It’s all of us pulling this thing together and doing our jobs together."

Reid said Castillo will still call the defense and that all the coaches will remain in their same roles.

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Asked what that meant for changes to personnel or the scheme on defense, he said, "We look at everything every week. It's no different this week."

"If I can point to one thing, it’s a tough thing to do. We all have to do our jobs better. That’s what we need to do. I think we have the players here to do that and the coaches to do that."

Some other items from Reid's press conference:

On fourth quarter woes: "Each guy needs to take a close look at himself and I have to make sure I’m looking at it closer. We’re not finishing games the way we’re supposed to finish games. That’s the bottom line."

On similarities to problems of the past, such as red zone: "We’ve got to make sure we fix it. I don’t like what I’m seeing. I’m a part of that problem."

On turning things around: "I’m in the business of finding the problem and solving the problem. I know we have good enough players and coaches to do it. I’ve seen enough glimpses of what this thing can be when it’s operating right and it’s important that we get it there."

Overall: "We need to do a better job. I think I’m stating the obvious. Again, I start with myself, the coaches and players. We saw some good things in the first half, but we've got to learn how to carry that over into the second half and in particular in the fourth quarter, where we’ve been terrible. The red zone continues to be a problem on both sides of the ball. We need to make sure we take care of that, and eliminate the turnovers down there offensively, for one thing."

On not having the time needed for the team to come together: "We have zero excuses. We’re hoping to get it right and continue to work hard."

On whether he feared a slow start: "I don't look at it that way. I go into every game looking to win the game."

On the fans' frustrations: "After watching the last three games, I would understand that, but we’re going to keep working hard to get better."

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