Samuel: 'The offensive line coach?'

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Asante Samuel was surprised at the news of Juan Castillo being named defensive coordinator. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Needless to say, the Eagles' stunning announcement that they promoted offensive line coach Juan Castillo to be their next defensive coordinator has floored fans.

But some of the Eagles players themselves are downright shocked.

Told of the move, cornerback Asante Samuel said, "The offensive line coach?" After he took a moment to collect himself, Samuel said, "It's all good, it's all good."

Eagles center Mike McGlynn also didn't know about the move when The Inquirer contacted him.

"Really? That's crazy," McGlynn said. "That's amazing."

McGlynn credited Castillo for a lot of his improvement over the last three seasons. He said he was "disappointed" by the move and that he would "miss" Castillo, but the center said that he looked forward to going up against his former position coach's defense in training camp.

"We're going to have to kick his [butt] now," McGlynn said.

Eagles linebacker Omar Gaither had already knew of the move, but he was still in a state of shock.

"I think everybody is shocked," Gaither said. "I didn't know Juan knew defense."

Gaither did later realized that Castillo did coach some defense as the high school and college level in the 1980s. He also mentioned that Castillo once played linebacker in the USFL.

"That's something he always reminds us of," Gaither said.

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