Andy Reid needs to take a long hard look in the mirror, because when he points his finger at someone else, there are three fingers pointed back at him.
Hindsight is always 20-20, but to be fair, coach Reid had no business promoting his friend and longtime offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator before the start of last season.
Transitions like that within the coaching ranks aren't rational.
This soap opera in Philadelphia has been going on for some time now, and Castillo was finally made the scapegoat on Tuesday.
Each week, Reid's performance as the antagonist in the Philadelphia firestorm gets more and more convincing.
Reid has held the keys to the kingdom in Philly for 14 years now, but his clouded judgement over the past couple of seasons has worn thin on the Eagles' brass and fans.
His world appears to be crumbling before our eyes, and Reid has made a strong case for why this should be his last season.
You know how your corny sales manager probably told you in the morning meeting how you can't fit a square peg in a round hole?
Well Reid ignored that cliche, and has since reeked of stubbornness and of having a skewed sense of entitlement.
Reid unjustifiably appointed Castillo to defensive coordinator as the team geared up the 2011 season, which was the first red flag that there was a crack in Reid's armor.
Castillo joined the Eagles in 1995 as an offensive assistant, and moved up the ranks to be the tight ends coach in 1997 before settling in as offensive line coach from 1998-2010.
At no point in those first 16 years as a coach with the Eagles' organization did Castillo ever coach defense.
Fittingly, Reid's head-scratching decision to turn the defense over to Castillo was analyzed every which way.
Philadelphia's 4-8 start last season and their 3-3 start this year has created outside distractions that Reid just can't cease.
Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie contemplated firing Reid after last season's failed experiment, and the Eagles' head coach's comments following the dismissal of Castillo can't be reassuring for his boss.
"You fight to win football games as a football team," Reid said. "You try to make your football team the best possible football team they can be. You try to better yourself every day. You want your coaches to better themselves every day. You want your players to do it and you hope you have an influence on helping them become the best they can be. That's my job and that's how I go about doing it."
The problems aren't with the defense
Reid is clearly trying to salvage his job and season, especially since his boss Lurie already went on the record this preseason saying that another 8-8 record would be "unacceptable."
In this chart provided by ESPN stats & information, you can clearly see that defense is not the issue.
Eagles' ranks this season
|3rd down pct.||10th||4th|
|Red zone TD pct.||25th||4th|
Todd Bowles now takes over the Eagles' defense, but the spotlight will only grow bigger and brighter on Reid.
For a man who has compiled a 129-84 record in his 14 years with Philadelphia, Reid looks unstable and vulnerable.
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