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November 8, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - In what sounds like an obvious statement after the last two games, the Eagles' decision to fire Juan Castillo over the bye week was labeled a "miscalculation" by a senior Eagles staffer following a 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday night. In an attempt to shake up the team after a disastrous overtime loss to Detroit on Oct. 14, Eagles coach Andy Reid fired Castillo as defensive coordinator and replaced him with defensive backs coach Todd Bowles. But the switch seems to have backfired on Reid.
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January 30, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - Juan Castillo must have said the words hard work a thousand times during his tenure of less than two seasons as the Eagles defensive coordinator. So when he was fired and unemployed for almost three months, the coach who would often spend 20 hours a day at the NovaCare Complex found it especially hard. "I don't know that I've been through anything so hard in my life," Castillo said Tuesday. "And I think part of that is you keep going back and forth, 'What could I have done better?
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October 4, 2011 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The story of how Andy Reid came to hire Juan Castillo for his first staff in Philadelphia is nearly the stuff of legend. With each retelling, the blizzard Castillo drove through to reach Green Bay gets a little worse. The car he drove becomes more rickety. The hours he waited in the freezing cold of the Packers' parking lot become longer and longer. When Castillo was promoted to defensive coordinator, that story of perseverance and ultimate success got a lot deeper, just like the snow.
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January 31, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NEW ORLEANS - The bags under Juan Castillo's eyes still look heavy enough to require an extra fee at the airline check-in counter. Castillo ought to be happy in his new consulting gig with the Baltimore Ravens; he's here at the Super Bowl, and will assume the title of running-game coordinator for next season. In fact, Castillo is happy, or at least grateful, but like the rest of us, he's still a little traumatized by the final days of the decline of the Andy Reid empire in Philadelphia.
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July 18, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Juan Castillo is proud of his film room. During the offseason, the Eagles defensive coordinator completed the project of having pictures of his players in action pasted on the walls. There's one of Trent Cole knocking the stuffing out of a quarterback, another of Nnamdi Asomugha breaking up a pass, and another of Nate Allen dragging down a ballcarrier. There are several others, with each one placed near the eye level of those sitting in the theater-style setting. The purpose, Castillo explained, was not purely motivational.
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January 24, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
FAIRHOPE, Ala. - Juan Castillo is still a member of the Eagles coaching staff. Whether he's still the team's defensive coordinator even he couldn't say. "You got to go through Andy," Castillo said, deferring to head coach Andy Reid. "I'm just working," he added, explaining his presence at Senior Bowl practice on Monday. Castillo, making his first public comments since before the end of the season, was simply following protocol when he declined to comment on his current status with the Eagles.
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November 28, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles said Tuesday that LeSean McCoy is still in the first phase of a five-stage process to return from a concussion, making it unlikely that McCoy will play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. In other injury news, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has a bruised tailbone and is unlikely to practice on Wednesday. Offensive tackle King Dunlap has a strained medial collateral ligament and will not practice. Fullback Stanley Havili has an ankle sprain, as does center Dallas Reynolds.
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August 23, 2011
From beat writer Les Bowen on Eagletarian, the Daily News' Eagles blog, at www.eagletarian.com :   That quote from Sunday when Juan Castillo said his young linebackers "will be ready to win the Super Bowl" has gotten a lot of play, here and elsewhere. Problem is, I just listened to the tape again, and I'm not sure that's exactly what Castillo said, or at least, what he meant to say. Here's the way the Eagles' transcript punctuates Castillo's remarks: "The linebackers will be ready to win the Super Bowl.
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October 29, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
OFTEN, Andy Reid will make his share of calls during a game that make the fans squirm and vent. This week, Reid's worst call might have come during the bye week. Reid replaced defensive coordinator Juan Castillo with Todd Bowles. This season under Castillo, the Eagles had allowed an average of 20.8 points per game. On Sunday, the Falcons had scored 21 points midway through the second quarter. The Falcons scored on their first six possessions. At that point, fans were streaming toward the parking lot with Sandy on their mind, not Big Red. Reid's most questionable call during the 30-17 loss came early in the third quarter with the Eagles trailing, 27-10.
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August 17, 2012
THE FIRST current player to filter into the NovaCare auditorium to pay tribute to Tra Thomas, as the Eagles' all-time games-played leader among offensive linemen officially retired, was Todd Herremans. These days Herremans is the right tackle, but for four seasons he played next to left tackle Thomas at left guard, after arriving as a fourth-round draftee from Saginaw Valley State. Herremans posed for photos with Thomas and former offensive line coach Juan Castillo, now the defensive coordinator.
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February 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles added former Jets assistant coach Brian Smith to their coaching staff as assistant linebackers coach, a new position for the team. Smith, 35, spent the last two seasons as the Jets' assistant defensive backs coach. The Wilmington native had been with the team since 2007. He started his coaching career at UMass, where he was Giants receiver Victor Cruz's position coach. Smith played for the Minutemen as a strong safety and cornerback. He will work with outside-linebackers coach Bill McGovern and inside-linebackers coach Rick Minter.
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November 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Casey Matthews arrived at Lehigh University for the Eagles' 2011 training camp atop the depth chart at middle linebacker. A rookie fourth-round pick who entered the league during the NFL's work stoppage, Matthews did not yet know the defense, his teammates, or his coaches. Amid a frenzied free-agent signing period that produced the ill-fated "Dream Team," the Eagles chose the untested rookie to man the middle of their defense. The experiment lasted three games before Matthews was demoted.
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September 11, 2014 | By Tim McManus
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Abington coaches rave about Juan Castillo's ability in one-on-one situations. The sophomore forward created plenty of those chances Tuesday, and he made them count. Castillo turned two intercepted clearing passes into second-half goals, and Abington rallied past visiting Council Rock South, 3-2, in a Suburban One National game. He netted the winner with six minutes left. Kevin Weintraub also scored, and Tim Seydel made six saves to keep Abington in the game.
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August 26, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NATE ALLEN'S touted competition with Earl Wolff for a starting safety position hasn't been much of a fight. Allen has been solid, smooth and capable in his second training camp under defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Wolff hasn't been bad, but he took some time to get his legs under him, coming off a knee injury, and still has things to learn about the position. As the Eagles work toward their preseason finale Thursday, the closer call in the secondary seems to be between Bradley Fletcher and Nolan Carroll at corner.
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June 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles' first-team defense took the field during organized team activities this week, Nate Allen was in the lineup. It's a familiar spot for the Eagles veteran, whose grip on the starting job has endured through four defensive coordinators in his first four NFL seasons. He has been injured and demoted at times, but the team still sees promise. In March, the Eagles re-signed him to a one-year deal, the 2010 second-round pick's second contract. The team signed Malcolm Jenkins to start in the secondary, but did not draft a safety in the first round.
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December 6, 2013 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
Another week, another mega challenge for the Eagles defense. After doing a decent job on Larry Fitzgerald last week, the gas gets turned up a bit with the arrival of Calvin Johnson and the Lions on Sunday. Though the Birds have been better lately, no team in football has allowed more receptions to opposing wide receivers than the Eagles (204). Ditto for most yards (2,599) and most touchdowns (18). Detroit's receivers and tight ends are strong, long and wrong for a secondary lacking confidence.
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December 1, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It makes for a tidy story, the second chances Bill Davis and Todd Bowles have taken advantage of as defensive coordinators. But both have been around the block enough to know they're only a five-game finish away from looking for another job. "I've been around the NFL long enough that you never assume security or the opposite," Davis said earlier this week as the Eagles prepared for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. "It's such a slippery slope....
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November 16, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles play the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are 5-5; the Redskins, 3-6. You'd think that would be a good thing, having a home game against a lesser opponent. Yeah, you'd think that. There's just one problem: The Eagles have lost their last 10 games at the Linc. That's a lot. That's four short of the NFL record. For a sense of proportion, of just how long a 10-game home losing streak in the NFL is in comparison to other sports, imagine the Phillies losing 101 straight games at Citizens Bank Park.
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November 13, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERYBODY has an opinion about why the Eagles are 5-1 on the road this season, but have lost 10 home games in a row, dating back to Sept. 30, 2012. Players are starting to reflect the popular idea that something is critically different when the Eagles play on the road. LeSean McCoy was asked about it on the radio last week and asked whether his questioner noticed the lack of booing from the Oakland fans, even after their team had fallen far behind. (Had I been the questioner, I might've asked Shady whether he noticed the thousands of seats in the Raiders' stadium covered by a tarp, and whether he really thought he'd prefer that atmosphere.)
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September 17, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE MORE THINGS change, the more they stay the same. The Eagles have a vibrant new head coach and an exciting, new, warp-speed offense that has put up 63 points in two games. They also have a defense that has the very same problem that last year's unit had: It can't get off the field on third down to save its life. The Chargers converted nine of 12 third-down opportunities in the second half yesterday in their 33-30 win over the Eagles. Quarterback Philip Rivers, who threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns, completed nine of 10 third-down passes for 113 yards, a touchdown and eight first downs in the final two quarters.
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