DALLAS -- You may think Andy Reid’s decision to promote offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator is crazy. But Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo doesn’t.
Spagnuolo, who spent eight years on Reid’s staff as a defensive assistant under Jim Johnson before becoming the defensive coordinator with the Giants, applauded the decision.
"I thought it was a great move by Andy,’’ Spagnuolo said. "The thing about Andy, Andy’s a football junkie. Juan’s a football junkie. Andy recognizes that he’s a good football coach."
"Juan knows football. Anytime I was around Juan for the 8 years that I was there, he didn’t just talk offensive line football. He was always talking football in general. We had a lot of conversations late into the night that made both of us better. I think he’ll do a good job."
Spagnuolo said Castillo’s knowledge of protection schemes as an offensive line coach should help him attack another offense’s protection schemes now that he’s on the other side of the ball.
"In this league right now, we all know that there are a lot of passes thrown," he said. "And we all know that if you’re going to throw the ball, you gotta protect the quarterback. So if you know how to protect the quarterback, you should have a pretty good idea of how to attack those protections. I’m sure Juan will come at it from that standpoint."
"When you’re putting together a (defensive) gameplan and want to pressure the quarterback, you find your way into the offensive line coach’s office and pick his brain. So Juan will already have that advantage."
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