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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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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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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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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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April 21, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Staff Writer
THE LAST TIME the Wide 9 was seen in these parts, it was helping grease the skids for Andy Reid's firing and being excoriated as a bad-awful defensive alignment that seemingly sacrificed everything else for the sake of sacks. The Wide 9, a deployment in which the defensive ends line up near the mezzanine-level concession stands so they can burn rubber around the offensive tackles and beat them to the quarterback, was brought to the Eagles in 2011 by Jim Washburn, who was hired as the team's defensive line coach shortly after Reid came up with the really, really dumb idea to make his longtime offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, his new defensive coordinator.
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January 13, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
IF YOUR frame of reference is 2015, then hiring Tom Coughlin to coach the Eagles must seem like a crazy idea. Coughlin, 69, gently led toward the New York Giants' door after a 6-10 season, presided over several late-game collapses. The Giants media and fan base spent much of the year talking about how their team was better than its record, which is pretty much always an indictment of coaching. But as the outpouring of affection for Coughlin when he stepped down showed, there was a lot more to the crusty coach than 2015.
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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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July 28, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Typically, when a sentence starts, "When I was playing high school football . . .," it draws a blank stare or an eye roll. When Jim Schwartz uttered the phrase on Tuesday, however, he wasn't about to recount the glory days of his youth. The Eagles defensive coordinator was anecdotally illustrating a point about his scheme. "When I was playing high school football, the coach would always say, 'Hey, everybody stay in your lane. Everybody stay in your lane,' " Schwartz said. "Nobody covers a kick that way in the NFL anymore or college football because [if]
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June 15, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
YOU COULD almost hear the briefcase clicking shut Monday evening. That's when Howie Roseman finished a four-month negotiation with Fletcher Cox, perhaps already the best defensive tackle in Eagles history and probably the best athlete in the city, depending on how you regard Claude Giroux. According to ESPN, Cox, 25, agreed to a six-year, $103 million contract extension, $63 million of it guaranteed in various manners. It might turn out to be the most guaranteed money a non-quarterback has ever made, but NFL contracts are specious documents full of misdirection and hidden intent.
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May 31, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Brandon Graham wonders sometimes how his first six seasons with the Eagles might have been different if not for the revolving door that welcomed and discarded defensive coordinators. "Especially that last year when coach [Andy] Reid was here," Graham said last week after a practice session at the NovaCare Complex. "It was my first time starting after my injury and I ended up getting 51/2 sacks and I really felt like I was headed in the right direction. And then, bam, here comes the 3-4. " Few members of the Eagles have fond memories of that 2012 season, which was Reid's last in Philadelphia.
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April 21, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Staff Writer
THE LAST TIME the Wide 9 was seen in these parts, it was helping grease the skids for Andy Reid's firing and being excoriated as a bad-awful defensive alignment that seemingly sacrificed everything else for the sake of sacks. The Wide 9, a deployment in which the defensive ends line up near the mezzanine-level concession stands so they can burn rubber around the offensive tackles and beat them to the quarterback, was brought to the Eagles in 2011 by Jim Washburn, who was hired as the team's defensive line coach shortly after Reid came up with the really, really dumb idea to make his longtime offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, his new defensive coordinator.
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January 20, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
UPDATE: After being introduced Tuesday as the Eagles' new head coach, Doug Pederson said that Jim Schwartz would be the team's new defensive coordinator. Schwartz arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and was to interview on Tuesday, an NFL source said. The Eagles officially announced Pederson, the former Chiefs' offensive coordinator, as their new head coach on Monday. Schwartz is a notable addition to offensive-minded Pederson's staff and one of the most important hires the first-time coach will make.
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January 19, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
If Doug Pederson learned anything from Andy Reid - and the Eagles had better hope it wasn't only time management - it should be how to select a defensive coordinator as a new head coach. Reid got it right with the Eagles and the Chiefs when he tabbed Jim Johnson and Bob Sutton, respectively, to run his defense. In both cases, he went with veteran coaches who had mild success as NFL coordinators but impressed Reid when his teams faced their defenses. Johnson and Sutton were also beyond the point of being considered future head coaches.
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January 13, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
IF YOUR frame of reference is 2015, then hiring Tom Coughlin to coach the Eagles must seem like a crazy idea. Coughlin, 69, gently led toward the New York Giants' door after a 6-10 season, presided over several late-game collapses. The Giants media and fan base spent much of the year talking about how their team was better than its record, which is pretty much always an indictment of coaching. But as the outpouring of affection for Coughlin when he stepped down showed, there was a lot more to the crusty coach than 2015.
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January 8, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Three years ago, the Eagles fired Andy Reid on New Year's Eve and searched for their next head coach until owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman landed Chip Kelly on Jan. 16. This time around, Kelly was dismissed on Dec. 29, prior to the last game of the regular season, and the new search has commenced, with Lurie and Roseman once again leading the way, in conjunction with business-side president Don Smolenski. The question on the table is a simple one: Are the Eagles better off now than they were three years ago?
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January 6, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Three years ago, the Eagles made a radical change to their defense. They shifted from a 4-3, "wide-nine" defensive front to a 3-4. The next coaching change could bring a similar philosophical shift. The new coach will determine the defensive scheme, but it's something the players must think about entering the offseason. Many of the players on the Eagles defense were brought in by Chip Kelly's staff to play in this scheme. "I think for everybody, it should matter," safety Malcolm Jenkins said.
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December 18, 2015 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Columnist
WHEN THE DAY comes for Larry Fitzgerald to make his induction speech on the stage in Canton, Ohio, he better save a few paragraphs to thank the Eagles. The Cardinals' all-time leading receiver has scored at least one touchdown in each of the seven games he's faced the Eagles. Of his 105 career TDs including the playoffs, 11 have come against the Birds. That's a little more than 10 percent of his total touchdowns against a team he's played less than four percent of his games. "He's one of the best football players I've played with at any position," said quarterback Carson Palmer, a 12-year NFL veteran.
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