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Eagles fire defensive coordinator Juan Castillo

Birds dismiss Castillo, promote secondary coach Bowels

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) have fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and replaced him with secondary coach Todd Bowles.

The Eagles made the move Tuesday after blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 26-23 overtime loss to Detroit on Sunday.

"I want to make it clear that I have nothing but the ultimate respect for Juan Castillo as a coach and as a person," said head coach Andy Reid via a statement on the team's website. "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. I know he will continue to be a successful coach in this league and wish he and his family nothing but the best."

Coach Andy Reid made the surprising switch before last season of making Castillo the defensive coordinator after 13 seasons of coaching offensive linemen. Castillo has been under the microscope in Philadelphia, with nearly every move he's made being scrutinized intensely.

Castillo joined the Eagles in 1995 as an offensive assistant under coach Ray Rhodes. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 1997, and then offensive line coach in 1998.

The Eagles have a bye this week.


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