By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Months ago, before then president Joe Banner resigned his position with the Eagles, there was a report of a front office power struggle within the organization.
Now, after a 3-3 start, that could very easily be an 0-6 start, there are rumors that the front office is still in bad shape.
Pro Football Weekly reports on the current state of the Eagles front office and coaching staff:
“The front-office situation in Philadelphia is not a good one. Scouts are not allowed to talk to coaches during training camp. You’re talking about some scouts who have known the coaches for years. Coaches coach, scouts scout and that’s the way it is. It’s not a happy environment. It’s a divisive, paranoid place, and it’s hard to grow and jell as a team in that type of setting. That’s the result of hiring a very insecure GM who does not know football.”
Also, Pro Football Weekly on the hiring and firing of Juan Castillo:
“Todd Bowles has an opportunity to turn (the defense) around. The problem with Juan Castillo was that he wanted to coach everybody, and he was not qualified to coach anyone. Just because you coach offensive line does not mean you know how to coach defense. It was only a matter of time before it was going to blow up. The owner (Jeffrey Lurie) was never on board with (the hire). It was the right move and overdue.”
Pro Football Weekly says the information comes from “NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.”
It would be accurate to describe many of the actions of the Eagles front office over the last year and a half or so as atypical. From their spending spree before last season, to Banner’s departure, to Andy Reid’s mid-season firing of Castillo, the first time Reid has fired a coordinator in the middle of a season.
Thanks to Bleeding Green Nation’s Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) for noticing the initial post.