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Castillo was one of the strangest hires the NFL has seen
For a moment, forget how stupid this hiring was from the moment it was announced, because it indicated something else.
Think back to the whole process the Eagles went through in searching for a defensive coordinator immediately after the 2010 season.
First Sean McDermott was Andy Reid’s “guy.” Then after standing behind him, Reid fired him. Then Reid left the country and everything seemed to be in the state of chaos. The team would not even acknowledge to the public any of the firings, which also included defensive line coach Rory Segrest.
At that point they began searching for a defensive coordinator and were linked to guys like Dennis Allen and Winston Moss—Allen went from the New Orleans Saints to the Denver Broncos as defensive coordinator and Moss stayed with the Packers as assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach.
Then defensive backs coach Dick Jauron left town, leaving the Eagles' defensive coaching staff in chaos.
After all that, the Eagles decided to name Juan Castillo, a guy whose primary focus was the offensive line and who had no defensive experience in the NFL, as their defensive coordinator.
Everyone knew the moment they announced it how poor of a decision it was. But that’s OK, the Eagles seemed to say, we are smarter than everyone else.
Except when this one blew up. It became apparent when you heard Castillo speak how awful a fit he was for the position. When he wasn’t talking about working hard, he was going off about the team’s fundamentals.
The defensive coordinator’s job is not to teach fundamentals. He is supposed to oversee the defense and provide the schemes and weekly game plans. The position coaches (Castillo’s job by trade) teach the fundamentals. Castillo was clueless about how to handle the job from the start.
Regardless, you knew this was not their season when a few candidates passed on the position, one coach left and the selection did not even know what the main task of the job was.