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Andy Reid made three big coaching changes in the offseason—luring legendary offensive line coach Howard Mudd out of retirement, signing Jim Washburn from the Tennessee Titans, and promoting long-time offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator.
The first two have paid off nicely, as the Eagles’ offensive line has gelled especially as of late, and the defensive line has been a force all season.
The decision to put Castillo as defensive coordinator was puzzling, and when it didn’t pay off, Reid took much-needed criticism for his choice. Putting a guy who had never coached defense at the professional level to suddenly lead the defense of a Super Bowl caliber team made no sense, and Castillo hasn’t exactly been a sparkplug for the defense.
Castillo certainly wasn’t helped out by the lockout, which prohibited coaches from meeting with players and ultimately the players from practicing with one another, but he also hasn’t made his mark this season, as the Eagles’ defense is just tied for 16th best in the league in points allowed, a ranking that certainly doesn’t reflect the star caliber of players the Eagles have on their defense.