In A Stunning Turn Of Events, The Philadelphia Eagles Have Chosen A Former Temple Standout To Help Save Their Season
News broke this morning that the Philadelphia Eagles fired their defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, in an effort to save a season that has been filled with the highest component of mediocrity.
Taking Castillo’s place is former Temple standout, Todd Bowles.
After Juan Castillo’s defensive blew two fourth quarter leads in consecutive games, including Sunday’s devastating loss to the Detroit Lions in which the defense gave up 283 yards in the fourth quarter and two drives of 80 yards, Castillo was openly criticized by cornerback Nnamdi Asmugha for the defensive schemes he called in the fourth quarter. Castillo was then relieved of his duties on Tuesday morning in a stunning midseason coaching move, and head coach Andy Reid named former Temple standout Todd Bowles as the teams new defensive coordinator.
Bowles was a four-year starter at defensive back from the Owls, graduating in 1985. Bowles was inducted into the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. As a junior in 1984, Bowles earned first team All-East honors and was an honorable mention on the Associated Press All-American Team. During his tenure on North Broad Street, the Owls were ranked as high as number 21 in the nation and was a key member of a hard-nosed, gritty defense that resembled the toughness of a team that calls North Philadelphia its home.
Bowles went undrafted following his collegiate career but enjoyed a successful NFL career from 1986-1993 as a safety with the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. Bowles was the starting free safety for the Skins in Superbowl XXII, en route to a 42-10 beat down of John Elway and the Denver Broncos.
Although Bowles has never held duties as a defensive coordinator, he has spent his entire coaching career on the defensive side of the ball with the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins.
Bowles was the Miami Dolphins’ assistant head coach and secondary coach from 2008-2011. He took over the head coaching duties after Tony Sparano was fired with three games remaining in the 2011-2012 season, leading the Dolphins to a 2-1 record.
Bowles was a highly coveted defensive coach going into this past offseason, but elected to come back to his home roots and become the Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary coach.
Castillo’s firing came after his defense blew two fourth quarter leads in consecutive games, including Sunday’s devastating loss to the Detroit Lions in which the defense gave up 283 yards in the fourth quarter and two drives of 80 yards.