Philadelphia Eagles: Ousting Def. Coordinator Juan Castillo Drastic Enough Move?

JJ PernaContributor IOctober 16, 2012

Jan 01, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo along the sidelines during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Since the start of his tenure in 1999, there haven't been many situations where I doubted Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles. For the most part, they have made the right move at the right time, sans maybe a certain No. 20. But me and my blind loyalty have come to a crossroads, and it is painfully obvious we are in the midst of watching a sinking ship.

The Juan Castillo experiment has failed.

It was not exactly the fiery explosion, crash and burn abomination that many expected, but it failed. In six games, this defense has mustered seven sacks and seven interceptions, good enough for 30th and T-9th in the NFL, respectively. They didn't get to Ben Roethlisberger even once in the loss against the Steelers.

This is a defense with one of the best d-lines and cornerback tandems on paper, so something has not been adding up.

Taking out a struggling defensive coordinator is the easy way out. He is a pawn, a deflector of anger. It is patchwork.

That's not to say it did not need to be done, but it is a small step for a team that needs a large coaching overhaul. The wide-nine most likely isn't going anywhere. A drastic base defense swap in the midst of a season is not something they're interested in.

So what you are left with is Todd Bowles directing the same old bones that put us in this situation in the first place.

I think Andy Reid is a great coach and an even better person. With that being said, for the first time in my life I also think Andy Reid needs to be fired.

Without a couple of Mike Vick fumbles or maybe a defensive stop against the Lions, this team could easily be 5-1. The problem is that because of Reid's play calling and without a few of surprisingly clutch drives by Vick, the same team could be 1-5. There is too much talent on this team to be 3-3, let alone 1-5, and we are living the same old story that we have for the past 10-plus years.

It is hard to watch football on Sunday's and ignore the energy and fire that recent hires like Greg Schiano and Jim Harbaugh have brought to their teams. There is too much lingering talent like Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher outside of the NFL for me to be content with Andy any longer.

For those thinking axing Castillo is drastic enough, I might need a good long explanation. If anything, the Eagles now have a little more than a week of practice to introduce any new changes you believe will turn this ship around. Rome wasn't built in a couple days, and neither was a Super Bowl quality defense.