Castillo given to the boot in Philly
This move by the Eagles has been a long time in the making, as there was speculation that the front office told head coach Andy Reid that he had to either fire Castillo or be fired himself this past summer. Castillo was on the hot seat ever since being given some of the best defensive playmakers in the game, and not producing a defense that could get their team to the playoffs last season.
Castillo's worst move, in my opinion, has been his usage of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Though he's been considered a bust by many in Philadelphia, Asomugha is the best press coverage cornerback in football. Castillo, however, frequently has him dropping deep into Cover 3 zones and running schemes that don't fit his best defensive player's style of play. It's like telling Ray Allen, "Hey man, no more threes, we want you to start posting up."
Despite Castillo's questionable decision making, this firing still doesn't make a ton of sense. Just look at the team's statistics - the Eagles are 12th in total defense and 13th in scoring defense, while the offense is 31st in scoring and 31st in turnovers. The fact that Castillo's unit is holding up as the 13th ranked scoring defense while Michael Vick turns the ball over at hyper-speed is remarkable.
The last straw for Castillo was said to be his changing in coverage of the Lions' Calvin Johnson, who got hot down the stretch while the Eagles blew their 10-point lead over the Lions on Sunday. While whatever he did with his coverage of Johnson may have been foolish, the Eagles are certainly not the first team that Johnson has posted a 6/135/0 line on. It seems a little rash to fire a man for giving up 135 yards and no touchdowns to the best wide receiver in football.
What it comes down to for the Eagles is not defense - it's the offense being efficient. When your offense has a $100 million quarterback, $45 million running back, and $47 million receiver (all of which have been signed recently), you absolutely need to average much more than 17.2 points per game, which is what the Eagles are at. The firing of Castillo may not be a bad move, but it won't be the solution for the struggling Eagles.