Philadelphia Eagles

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.


More College Sports

  • Kempton's big stuff highlights Lehigh's win over Robert Morries

  • Sports
    No. 4 Washington defeats No. 8 Colorado for Pac-12 title
    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    No. 4 Washington defeats No. 8 Colorado for Pac-12 title

  • Sports
    Western Michigan hangs on for 29-23 win in MAC title game
    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Western Michigan hangs on for 29-23 win in MAC title game

  • Sports
    B1G CHAMPIONSHIP: Penn State not thinking about resume, just Badgers
    69 News

    B1G CHAMPIONSHIP: Penn State not thinking about resume, just Badgers

  • Sports
    Indiana coach Wilson resigns, DC takes over
    Michael Hickey/Getty Images

    Indiana coach Wilson resigns, DC takes over

  • McSorley, Penn State will be tested by Wisconsin secondary

  • Sports
    Marquis Marshall looks to lead Alvernia back to the top
    69 News

    Marquis Marshall looks to lead Alvernia back to the top

  • Sports
    Miles, Kiffin candidates to replace Herman at Houston
    iStock/JOE CICAK

    Miles, Kiffin candidates to replace Herman at Houston

  • Sports
    Kelly denies he would head back to Oregon
    Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

    Kelly denies he would head back to Oregon

  • LeBron James named SI's Sportsperson of the Year

NCAA Scoreboard



Sports Headlines