The Philadelphia Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo two days after the team gave up a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Detroit Lions in overtime.
Castillo, who was converted from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator last season, will be replaced by secondary coach Todd Bowles, the 3-3 team said on its website.
“We’re six games into the season and average isn’t good enough,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it.”
Castillo joined the Eagles as an offensive assistant in 1995 and was the National Football League team’s offensive line coach from 1998 to 2010. The team began the 2011 campaign with 1-4 record and was 4-8 before finishing at 8-8 to miss the playoffs.
Philadelphia led 23-13 at home two days ago with just over five minutes remaining before falling to Detroit. A week earlier, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Eagles 16-14 after driving 64 yards in 14 plays to kick the game-winning field goal.
“I want to make it clear that I have nothing but the ultimate respect for Juan Castillo as a coach and as a person,” Reid said. “He’s one of the finest football coaches that I have ever worked with. He has served this organization extremely well for 18 years and letting him go was a difficult decision.”
Bowles, 48, is in his 13th season as a NFL assistant and first with the Eagles after an eight-year career as an NFL defensive back. He coached the Miami Dolphins last season after Tony Sparano was fired.
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