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Eagles Hire Todd Bowles As Secondary Coach, Juan Castillo To Remain Defensive Coordinator

By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Juan Castillo will return as Defensive Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Todd Bowles will be the new secondary coach, a league source confirms to 94 WIP’s Howard Eskin. The Eagles and Bowles are still working on specifics of the deal, which are formalities.

Bowles was defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphis last year, and has coached in that capacity for college and NFL teams since 1997.

Castillo’s hiring by the Eagles last year was controversial and surprising, as Castillo was previously the team’s offensive line coach. Castillo hadn’t coached defense since he did so for a high school team in 1989. His first year on the job was uneven, with a rough start and a strong finish.

There were rumors that the Eagles were looking to hire Steve Spagnuolo for Castillo’s position, but those died with his decision to take that same position with the New Orleans Saints. Spganuolo was previously an assistant under former Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson.

If you’re looking for positives in the Eagles’ retaining of Castillo, you would look to the strong finish the Eagles defense had this year, as well as some continuity the Eagles defense has lacked since the death of Jim Johnson.

So how do you feel about the Bowles hiring and the Eagles retaining Juan Castillo?

UPDATE: The Eagles have officially hired Bowles. Andy Reid will hold a press conference at noon on Tuesday to discuss the hiring. 


  • FJS362

    Andy Reid must be a Jedi Knight. He waves his hand, tells management that Juan Castillo is a genius and they believe it. What a joke. I would bet the Eagles record will be the same at the city’s area code, both 6-10.

  • Mike

    The Eagles weren’t too bad this year, just the turnovers and interceptions killed them. Saw McCoy in the pro-bowl, he did what he does best, fumble. If Vick were playing, he would have thrown a few interceptions. The problem is not on the defensive side of the ball, it’s the offense.

  • Miguel

    Retain Castillo? Are you kidding me?? Those wins are not enough to keep him.

  • Fred Reed

    As usual Andy Reid doesn’t care about this team winning the Super Bowl and in this point of time I could care less about Andy Reid or what the Eagles will do because I have already stopped supporting this team. I can honestly say that I am very ashamed of Andy Reid treating the fans with disrespect like he continues to do and this team will only continue to lose as long as Andy Reid is in charge.

  • Peter

    Castillo better start looking if Eskin says his job is safe

  • _mattmac

    Here is the formula to win the Super Bowl:

    Luck + Talented Players + Timing (Getting hot) + luck + Minimizing turnovers + head coach + minimizing on field mistakes = Super Bowl win.

    In that order.

    In the NFL, Players win games, not defensive coordinators.

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