Sunday, December 28, 2014

Castillo will still call defense

Andy Reid said that defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will continue to call the defense and that the Eagles' defensive coaching staff will remain in place as is following the team's third straight loss.

Castillo will still call defense

Juan Castillo´s defense has struggled in their last three games. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
Juan Castillo's defense has struggled in their last three games. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

Andy Reid said that defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will continue to call the defense and that the Eagles' defensive coaching staff will remain in place as is following the team's third straight loss.

Castillo's unit collapsed in the fourth quarter for the third straight week as the Eagles fell to the 49ers, 24-23, Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. As a result, the former offensive line coach -- who has never been a defensive coordinator at either the collegiate or professional level -- is on the hot seat.

"The coaches will stay intact and then we go from there," Reid said Monday at the NovaCare Complex.

Asked directly about Castillo and the job he has done through four games, Reid was mechanical in his response (think Reid saying after last season that Sean McDermott was coming back and then firing him a few days later).

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"I think Juan's doing some good things," Reid said. "If you ask me the same question about myself or the other coaches and players, there's some good things we're all doing and there a lot of things we need to work on. So that's what we're doing. I'm telling you it's not one person, it's all of us pulling this thing together and doing our jobs a little bit better."

If there weren't any changes planned at the coaching level, did Reid have any plans to change the defensive scheme or further shake up the lineup?

"We look at everything every week, and that's what we do," Reid said. "So that's no different this week."

On the injury front, defensive end Trent Cole and tackle Jason Peters have "fairly significant" injuries, Reid said. Cole has a calf strain and Peters has a hamstring strain. While Reid did not if either was out for Sunday's game at Buffalo it is unlikely either will make the trip.

King Dunlap later confiirmed that he will be starting in place of Peters on Sunday and likely the following week.

"I'll be up for a couple of weeks," Dunlap said. "The same thing happened last year."

Dunlap started two games at left tackle last season after Peters underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. He also started three games at right tackle in place of the injured Winston Justice.

Both Juqua Parker (ankle) and Darryl Tapp (pectoral) are improving, Reid said, so there could be reinforcements at defensive end for next week.

But the defensive line suffered a blow when defensive tackle Antonio Dixon tore his triceps against the 49ers. Reid said he is likely out for the season.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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