Juan Castillo Can Expect to Hear Apologies Thanks to Offseason Moves

WesAnalyst IAugust 17, 2011

Ouch,ouch. You're on my hair.
Ouch,ouch. You're on my hair.

Do you remember when Andy Reid named Juan Castillo the defensive coordinator?

Most reactions ranged from confused, because Castillo was never a defensive coach at a major college or in the NFL, to pissed because he seemed to be a lateral move or a step down from former coordinator Sean McDermott. And then there was the minority who are Reid's loyalists, and they blindly accepted the announcement because everything Reid touches turns into gold.

I was baffled and furious about the move. I soon went into panic mode when the NFL lockout prevented Castillo from working with the defense during the offseason.

I must admit, I may have jumped the gun a little bit, and I am preparing for an apology.

It's okay though. There are a lot of Eagles fans who will have to join me.

So how did Castillo go from an under-qualified sideline patroller to the right man for the job?

The stars began to align before Castillo was even hired. Back in January, the Eagles hired some guy named Jim Washburn. It's not the kind of move that makes people jump for joy unless you're a football junkie.

Washburn spent 1998 in college with Houston, coaching the defensive line before moving on to the NFL in Tennessee, where he held the same job from 1999-2010. Along the way he made name for himself as one of the best defensive line coaches.

That really didn't seem to matter much because the Eagles didn't have much to work with on the line. You do know it's impossible to make chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what, right?

That began to change when the Eagles added defensive end Jason Babin and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

The great thing about Babin is that he returned to the Eagles after spending 2010 with Washburn in Tennessee, where he racked up 12.5 sacks.

Jenkins brought the ability to pressure the quarterback from the middle of the line and was thought of very highly by B.J. Raji in a story run by the Green Bay Press Gazette.

 "Cullen, in my opinion, he’s the best interior pass rusher in this league," Raji said.

On top of an improved defensive line, the Eagles bolstered their secondary when they acquired Pro Bowl cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha while also holding onto Asante Samuel.

The revamped defense made most Eagles fans go from questioning Castillo's credentials to falling in love with his high-energy personality.

As it stands right now, Eagles fans, such as myself, had better practice saying "I was wrong," to Castillo.