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Eagles' Reid says job not tied to firing Castillo

Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:37 pm
Is Reid's future in Philly contingent on dumping his defensive coordinator? (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Last Thursday, the Eagles were outclassed by the Seahawks. The loss dropped them to 4-8, and in the process raised more questions about head coach Andy Reid's future in Philadelphia.

It's an odd situation for Reid; he's in his 13th season as the Eagles' coach and he's won 60 percent of the time. Only twice previously has he had a losing record. Eight times the Eagles have won at least 10 games, and that includes seven division titles and one conference championship.

But now, after assembling the Dream Team only to watch Philly lose twice as often as it wins, Reid's job security is tenuous. He hired longtime Eagles offensive assistant Juan Castillo to be the defensive coordinator (that experiment has somehow gone worse than you could ever imagine) and according to a report over the weekend, the only way Reid keeps stays in Philly is if he cans Castillo.

On Wednesday, Reid was asked about the "It's you or Juan" report.

“Nobody has approached me on it,” he said, according to Philadelphia Sports Daily. “My mind is to continue to get better as coaches and players. My mind goes no further than that. That’s where I’m at. We’re right in the middle of this thing and we have to continue to get better; that’s what we have to do.”

Reid added that he is in frequent contact with owner Jeffrey Lurie and team president Joe Banner and while the season has been full of frustrations, everyone's on the same page.

On Monday, Reid said that he hadn't had time to think about his future, but did offer an explanation for the Eagles' struggles this season.

"If you stay in one place long enough, age catches all players no matter how great they are; they're going to outplay their career and you've got to rebuild it," he said on his radio show, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McClane. "We're going through that. You look down the middle of our defense and we are young, young.

"People perceive us to be an old football team, but we're really not an old football team. We're one of the youngest teams in the [NFL]. That takes time."

On the one hand, Reid's right: the Eagles are the sixth-youngest team in the league (average age: 25.8). On the other hand, if he's going with that defense, how does he explain this: the Eagles made the playoffs last season with the fourth-youngest roster, according to ESPN's Mike Sando. (Note: Sando's list is from July 2010 and includes undrafted free agents and unsigned draft choices. Given that most of those players are in their early 20s, it artificially lowers the average. But assuming that each NFL team, on average, cuts the same number of these players before the regular season means that the Eagles were still one of the NFL's youngest organizations.)

McClane writes that the Eagles players still support Reid, including quarterback Michael Vick.

"We've had our bad breaks, games that we should have won . . . and just couldn't pull it out - whether we did it on offense or defense," Vick said. "Honestly, I just don't think Coach Reid had anything to do with that.

"We all have watched the games, we've all seen it, we were all a part of it, we know the reasons why we didn't pull them out, and it wasn't coach's fault. To hear that, it kind of upsets me."

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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:56 pm

Eagles' Reid says job not tied to firing Castillo

You type really well for a child, does your parents know your using the computer unsupervised?  I guess your city, your team and all your fans are the best in sports right?

What a Tool!

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:53 pm

Eagles' Reid says job not tied to firing Castillo

That is the STUPIDEST comment!  I guess Ben Rothlesberger gets a free pass on the 2 sexual assualts that he committed right. Only animal cruelty results in Karma?  Bottom line why the Eagles are not where everyone thought they would be, turnovers, blown leads and bad judgement calls. Added with all the new faces, new defensive coordinator and the lockout doomed this team from the start.

I'm sick of hearing that the Eagles get what they deserve for signing Mik Vick. I'm a animal lover, but the man paid for his crimes.  Is anyone pissing and moaning about Donte Stallworth who killed a man with his vehicle and is playing, I didnt think so!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:04 pm

Eagles' Reid says job not tied to firing Castillo

 Its karma, no success with Vick the dog killer on the team.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:34 pm

Eagles' Reid says job not tied to firing Castillo

If you would look at my post just after hiring Castillo, you would say, "Good Call".  This was one of the worst moves in the history of the Eagles. 

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:21 pm
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Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:26 am
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Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:18 am
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Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:03 am

Eagles' Reid says job not tied to firing Castillo

I hate everything about Philly.  The city, the teams, especially the fans.  They can't lose enough to suit me.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:09 am

Eagles' Reid says job not tied to firing Castillo

So basically this is a youth issue in Philly ? Juan Castillo doesn't have the resume and if the Rams fire Spagnoulo and there are no other head coach vacancies for him to move into, I'd dump Castillo in a heartbeat to get Spags back. Spags in my opinion was the guy they wanted in the first place before Jim Johnson died. McDermott is better than Castillo is. The Eagles assembled a secondary at the CB/DB position, and defensive line to some extent. The safety & linebacker positions, they tried to fake. The defense, who is the leader of that team ? Trent Cole ? He became injured and there is no Ray Lewis, so to speak on that side of the ball. On offense, young linemen sounds fair, but some of these guys, even veterans, too often failed to touch the man they were supposed to block on the pass rush for Vick. I see Young got better blocking, but the reality is the new OL coach is used to having Payton Manning as his QB. Manning is a passing machine, Vick is a running QB. There's a reason Manning has health issues even with the apparent success the Colts have had. Manning calls audibles and plays at the line and prior to the snap, Vick doesn't compare in that ability to read defenses and make adjustments. Vick's strategy is to run away from that and it works when the offensive line does put up some blocking for him. But for the most part, the OL has to do some better blocking for Vick. Vick would take what Young got for 4 quarters. Vick starts vs the Dolphins, will be interesting to see what the OL does that day. The most complete game the Eagles have played was 34-7 blowout of Dallas, outside of that every game has been in jeopardy.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:36 pm

Eagles' Reid says job not tied to firing Castillo

Wow I can reply to my own comments. One more time. Larry Luv YOU ARE NUMBER 1, THE BEST EVER, THE MOST BRILLIANT, THOUGHTFUL, MASCULINE MANLY MAN on cbssportsline today, OR EVER ! God Bless Larry Luv !

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