Andy Reid and new Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo met with the media Wednesday night. Here is a summary of what the two had to say about the team's stunning move.
Reid on the move: "If you have the opportunity to talk to any player, if you have the opportunity to talk to any coach that’s been a Philadelphia Eagle, or many coaches throughout the league, what might seem a little strange is just a very confident move and one that will take our defense to another level."
On Castillo making the switch: "His heart and desire has always been on the defensive side From day one he let me know he’s a defensive coach."
Castillo on the risk he's taking: "All my life has been a risk, from the time I came out of high school from the time I coached at Texas A & I to the time they moved me to offense." ... "My life's always been about proving people wrong and I think that's what Philadelphia is."
Reid on why he didn't wait to interview coaches in the Super Bowl: "I felt that this was the right decision at the right time."
Reid on decision to fire Sean McDermott: I was able to step back, buy some time and think, and it was that simple. I came to the conclusion that for a kid that worked his tail off, and Sean did, and like I said did a heck of a job, what is best for the Eagles and best for Sean McDermott is that we went in a different direction."
Castillo on the defensive scheme: "Jim (Washburn) attacks, he’s a sic ‘em type guy, which is great for the players that we have. Really what I’m going to do is, the back end is going to complement those four defensive linemen that are going to get up the field, are going to create havoc and make plays."
Castillo said he wants a "fast, physical" defense that creates pressure with the front four alone -- something Sean McDermott also often said. Castillo said he does not plan to change the scheme or the type of personnel the Eagles use. He said he will work on tackling fundamentals - players will work on it every day, he said.
"We’re going to be fast and physical and fund sound and be the best defense in the NFL."
Reid said the job was Castillo's to lose.
Castillo interviewed Tuesday morning - from 4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., he said, after learning only about 24 hours earlier that he would have a chance to interview. Castillo said he worked for nearly a day straight, going home only to shower and put on a suit before meeting with Reid. Castillo said in that way it will mimic preparing for games and fixing holes in the defense.
"If you can't figure out what the problem, you can't go to sleep."
Castillo, who has been coaching on the offensive side since 1990, said he has long wanted to be a defensive coach, and often told the defensive players that he is a defensive guy.
"That's where I can be special," Castillo said. "I understand offenses" and how to attack them.
With the Eagles he often worked with the late Jim Johnson, reviewing schemes and telling the defensive coordinator which ones might work, and which the offense could block.
More to come ...
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