Saturday, February 13, 2016

Castillo speaks -- sort of

FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- In his first public comments since before the end of the season, Juan Castillo would not confirm if he was or wasn't still the Eagles' defensive coordinator.

Castillo speaks -- sort of

Juan Castillo would not confirm if he was or wasn´t still the Eagles´ defensive coordinator.(Michael Perez/AP)
Juan Castillo would not confirm if he was or wasn't still the Eagles' defensive coordinator.(Michael Perez/AP)

FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- In his first public comments since before the end of the season, Juan Castillo would not confirm if he was or wasn't still the Eagles' defensive coordinator.

"You got to go through Andy," Castillo said, deferring to Eagles coach Andy Reid. "I'm just working," he added, explaining his presence at Senior Bowl practices.

Castillo is still a member of the Eagles, although it remains unclear what his role will be next season. Reid has not met with the media since immediately following the season finale against the Redskins on Jan. 1. The Eagles said that he would speak as soon as he was finished evaluating his coaching staff.

His silence makes it seem as if Castillo is still dangling in the wind. The Eagles, according to a few reports, were said to be interested in bringing Steve Spagnuolo back to replace Castillo as the leader of the defense. The team, publicly or privately, have not addressed their supposed interest in the former St. Louis Rams coach.

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Spagnuolo agreed to take the defensive coordinator job with the Saints last week, according to various reports. New Orleans has yet to make the hire official. Indications from several leagues sources are that the Eagles had hoped to hire Spagnuolo.

Castillo, though, is still technically the Eagles' defensive coordinator and the general feeling coming from some of the coaching staff is that he will stay in his current position.

"Anytime we can get up in the morning and we're healthy enough to fight, we're all all right," Castillo said when he was asked if he was fine with his seemingly unresolved situation.

Castillo, who was sporting an Eagles shirt and had his Eagles scouting report in his hand, spent the bulk of the South team practice mingling with other coaches and watching the players work out. The bulk of the Eagles' coaching and personnel staffs were here for Senior Bowl practices.

Reid, as expected, did not make the trip. He hasn't attended for the last several years. He does have one coaching vacancy to fill after he fired secondary coach Johnnie Lynn earlier this month. Lynn was here, like many unemployed coaches, networking.

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