Andy’s job is on the line this year so that meant that we could see some unusual stuff, but I didn’t expect Juan to get fired at midseason with the defense performing pretty well.
My guess is that Andy took a look at the situation and saw that there were flaws in all 3 phases of the game. Andy has confidence that he and Marty can get the offense sorted out. He has confidence that Bobby April can fix the STs. Clearly, Reid did not believe Castillo could fix the defense.
It wasn’t as if the defense was falling apart. They are 12th in yards allowed and 13th in points allowed. Still, the unit was under-performing. No sacks in 3 games. Turnovers were coming in at a snail’s pace. There were mistakes in gap responsibilities on run defense. There were some blown coverages. These are fixable issues…but they do need the right person to fix them.
Firing Juan isn’t easy for Big Red. They’re good friends. This kind of action is also a sign to the rest of the team. No one is safe. Do your job or you will be replaced. Longevity won’t protect you. Friendship won’t protect you. Sell the Rio Rancho properties or hit the bricks, pal.
Timing also had a lot to do with this. The bye week allows for change. Todd Bowles will take over as DC and has a chance to make whatever adjustments he wants. He has a few extra days to get used to the job. Timing also involves the Eagles blowing leads in consecutive games. The team was 2 for 2 on holding leads early, but blowing 2 in a row in key games was pretty serious stuff.
I’ll have more on this later.