The Philadelphia Eagles retain Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator. Are you kidding me? You are keeping the same guy who lets in passing TD after passing TD with three Pro Bowl cornerbacks. You are keeping the guy who uses arguably the best cover corner in football in zone coverage. You are keeping the guy who COVERS THE BEST WIDEOUT IN THE LEAGUE WITH A ROOKIE LINEBACKER AND SAFETY INSTEAD OF THE PRO BOWL CORNERS YOU GOT FOR A REASON IN FREE AGENCY. You are keeping the guy whose defense CHOKED FIVE GAMES AWAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON.
And most importantly of all… You come in as the most hyped team in arguably the HISTORY of football, you go .500… AND YOU DON’T DO A SINGLE THING ABOUT IT. I’m pretty sure Johnnie Lynn wasn’t why we went 8-8, was it? Was it our secondary coach who tanked the team? No. It was this coalition of ineptitude known as Andy Reid and Juan Castillo. When you have arguably THE best running back who is being compared to Barry Sanders, you’d think you’d, you know, USE HIM. You’d also think that you’d at least hired the guy responsible would at least get canned. You’d also think that the one guy who creates THE SAME EXCUSE EVERY TIME WE LOSE A GAME would get fired too.
Juan Castillo. Don’t get me started on this guy. Before he got hired, the last time he even sniffed a defensive job was in 1989, at Kingsville High School, when LeSean McCoy was in his diapers taking his first steps that would lead him to stardom. Throughout the first three quarters of the year, his defense did nothing but tank and choke. His run defense: deplorable. Only one linebacker comes close to being starter quality, and that’s Brian Rolle. Fokou and Chaney are decent backups, and Matthews is unknown. Sure, the last few games, the defense was good. But let’s be honest here, do you know how easy it is to shut down Rex Grossman, Stephen McGee, and Mark Sanchez? You shut down three of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL (well Romo got hurt, so I'm not counting him), who deserve to be on the bench holding a clipboard, and all of a sudden you’re praised and FOUR GAMES is enough to retain him? Give me a break. What about the five he choked away?
And now, to Jeff Lurie, the owner of the Eagles: If you’re watching this video, I’ve finally figured it out your darkest secret: you don’t care about football. As long as the money keeps rolling in, you’re fine with it. Football is the most popular sport in America right now. The Flyers are doing fine, but hockey isn't as popular as football, and the Sixers just got the ball rolling.Basically, the Eagles have a near-stranglehold on winter sports in Philadelphia. The money isn’t going to stop rolling in. And after this DEBACLE of a season, which you did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to fix, nobody can sit there and tell me that you still care about football. This isn’t your playtoy. This isn’t your team. This is the city’s team. This is the fans’ team. MILLIONS have emotions set deep into this team. Their fathers rooted for this team, and their grandfathers rooted for this team. And you don’t care about them. You don’t care about the millions of fans. You don’t care that our team, coming in as one of the most hyped teams in the league, the team that saw a parade in the future for certain, only won half of their games and didn’t sniff the playoffs. You only care about money. Go do the city of Philadelphia a favor, sell the team, and move as far away from Philadelphia as possible before some psycho fan does run you out.
Fans, the nightmare still lives on. If Jeff Lurie really cares about football, here’s what you do next season. Fire Reid. Fire Castillo. Keep Washburn and Mudd. Mornhinweg isn’t as awful as people see him as, and neither is Roseman. I wouldn’t mind either way. Promote Bowles to DC. Go out in free agency this season, sign someone like Tulloch or draft Kuechly, and draft a safety for next year. And go out and hire a competent coach next year. As I'm listening to ESPN Radio, I just heard the phrase "sentimentality kills franchises". Right now, sentimentality is destroying the Eagles.