Thursday, April 24, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

What they're saying about Castillo

Here are some links with what people are saying about the Eagles' decision to promote Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator:

What they're saying about Castillo

Juan Castillo. (Steven  M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Juan Castillo. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Here are some links with what people are saying about the Eagles' decision to promote Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator:

SI.com's Peter King admits he was surprised at Andy Reid's choice:

I think, in response to many Twitter queries, I agree with many of you: I am absolutely flabbergasted that the Eagles hired offensive line coach Juan Castillo to be their defensive coordinator. I'll reserve judgment in calling it hare-brained for now or until I can speak with Andy Reid or Castillo in the next week or so, but it sure seems weird to me.

Agent Jack Bechta, who now writes for National Football Post, writes about the time he spent with Castillo in college:

Regardless of whatever position Juan coached, he has and still does emphasize fundamentals. I have represented 4 players who Juan coached in college (including Jermane Mayberry and Jorge Diaz) and they said they never been drilled in fundamentals the way Juan drilled them. The good news for Eagles' defense is that they will most likely end up being the most disciplined unit in the league after Juan gets through with them. He will instruct his position coaches to get back to sound tackling and basic drills which has always been the core of his coaching philosophy.

ESPN.com's Matt Mosley tries to make sense of the Eagles' move:

The Eagles hired a legendary offensive line coach in Howard Mudd to replace Castillo. On the surface, it looks like Reid has continued to put his offense (and his guys) first. I thought this situation begged for an outsider to take a new approach with this defense. But Reid went with one of the most familiar faces in the organization.

I think the players will cheer this decision because they have great respect for Castillo. But if this thing backfires, Reid's not going to be given the benefit of the doubt.

A Pro Football Talk post by Evan Silva is headlined: Presenting the mumbling, stumbling Eagles new defensive boss. Silva writes about a radio interview Castillo did yesterday:

The Eagles’ new defensive coordinator stumbles through the interview, speaking in the third person, at one point calling the host “Joe” when his name is actually “Mike,” and comparing himself to Rocky Balboa.

And finally, if you haven't seen this NFL Films piece on Castillo, it's worth your time. They do an outstanding job of telling Castillo's story in under nine minutes.


You can follow Moving the Chains on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.


Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for even more Birds coverage, including app-exclusive videos and analysis. Get it here.

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
About this blog
Sheil Kapadia is in his fifth season writing about the Eagles and the NFL for philly.com. His earliest memories as a sports fan include several trips to Veterans Stadium with his Dad. He's not a beat writer or an Insider, but is here to discuss the NFL 365 days a year. E-mail him at skapadia@philly.com or by clicking here

Follow Sheil on Twitter. And become a fan of Moving the Chains on Facebook.

Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for even more Birds coverage, including app-exclusive videos and analysis. Download it here.

Reach Sheil at skapadia@philly.com.

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected