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Let's start with the facts.
Juan Castillo had been the Eagles offensive line coach since 1998. He hadn't coached defense since 1989...at Kingsville High School.
That's the guy Andy Reid hired to run his defense in a year when they were "all in." Is that logical?
The lockout, which took away mini camps, forced Castillo to teach his defense on the fly.
Philadelphia traded for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and signed Nnamdi Asomugha, two outside press cornerbacks who excel in man-to-man coverage.
Rodgers-Cromartie has played in the slot but has struggled mightily while Asomugha has played too much zone coverage and has been exposed.
Last week, Asomugha matched up with one of the best receivers in the NFL in Larry Fitzgerald. Asomugha was on Fitzgerald on 20-of-46 pass plays.
On those 20 plays, Fitz was targeted just two times, both incompletions. That's the definition of being shutdown, and that's why the Eagles spent $60 million to get Asomugha this summer.
On the other 26 pass plays, Fitzgerald had seven receptions for 146 yards.
Explain to me why rookie safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was matched up against the veteran receiver on third-and-10 with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter and the Eagles nursing a three-point lead?
Of course Fitzgerald burned the rookie for a diving 37-yard catch at the Eagles' one yard line, setting up Arizona's game winning score.
Castillo's job is to put players in position to be successful and he did anything but that by putting the rookie in that spot. It's been going on all season. Asomugha is not Charles Woodson. He can't play three different roles. He can do one and do it better than nearly anyone in the game. Let him do it.
Ultimately, this lands on Reid's shoulders for hiring Castillo.