FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Interim head coach Todd Bowles of the Miami Dolphins watches his players prior to a game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
According to Jeff McLane of The Inquirer via an NFL source, the Eagles are set to hire Todd Bowles as secondary coach. Juan Castillo will also be retained as Defensive Coordinator. The team will meet with Bowles today and Andy Reid will hold his first press conference tomorrow since the win against the Redskins on January 1st. Bowles would be replacing Johnnie Lynn who was fired earlier this month. The Eagles also tried to interview Bowles for the open Defensive Coordinator position last off-season but Miami blocked it.
If hired, he will be bringing 22 years of NFL experience with him. Eight of those years as a player. He had coaching stints with the Jets(DB coach), Browns(Defensive Nickel Package Coach/Secondary), Cowboys(Secondary), and the Dolphins(Secondary/Interim Head coach). He was named interim head coach of the Dolphins on December 18, 2011 for their final three games. He finished 2-1 with the lone loss coming against the Patriots. After the season, Bowles interviewed with the Dolphins and Raiders for their head coaching positions but the offers instead went to Joe Philbin and Dennis Allen respectively. He will now be expected to significantly improve the Eagles secondary which seriously under-performed this past season.
As for Castillo, Reid obviously felt Castillo and the defense improved over the course of the season which earned him at least another year as Defensive Coordinator. According to Reuben Frank, Andy Reid never seriously considered replacing Juan Castillo. I guess all the expectations and speculations were all for naught.
More on this story later as it gets officially announced.
Update by Route36 [January 30, 2012 4:06 PM] It's official. Andy Reid will meet the media tomorrow at noon.