The Philadelphia Eagles announced today that they have named offensive line coach Juan Castillo as their new defensive coordinator. As a result, they named Howard Mudd as their new offensive line coach. Mudd is widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the league. Castillo had been the Eagles offensive line coach for the past 15 years. He was a defensive line/linebackers coach at Texas A&M-University Kingsville in the early 1980s. Castillo was also the defensive coordinator at Kingsville High School in the late 1980s. He will replace Sean McDermott who previously held the post for the past two seasons.
The Eagles coaching staff has undergone a huge transformation this offseason which was necessary after the way the season ended. But this move is just a head scratcher. This team has been interviewing candidates left and right for the past three weeks. If Castillo was truly their guy, why did it take them so long to make such a decision? In my opinion, many of the assistant coaches that the Eagles interviewed were more qualified to run the defense than Castillo. I would’ve looked to have seen the team target Kevin Greene or Darren Perry. It just cements the fact even further that I have absolutely no confidence in Andy Reid to make conscious decisions. Who are we gonna draft in the first round? Jake Locker. I truly believe that if the Eagles don’t make some serious noise in the playoffs next year, that it will be the end of the Andy Reid regime in Philadelphia.