There's no way around the disappointment around the Philadelphia Eagles right now. The team heads into their bye week 3&3 and trying to figure out how to not turn over the ball, how to stop anyone, and simply how to fix what they have done this year. In that effort, the team fired their defensive coordinator Juan Castillo today, promoting for Miami Dolphins coach Todd Bowles to the position.
Dolphins fans will remember Bowles as the team's assistant head coach and secondary coach throughout the Tony Sparano era. Bowles was elevated to the position of interim head coach when Sparano was fired last year, and Bowles did well in the short time he had as the head man, leading the team to a 2-1 record. Bowles was a coach the team had wanted to keep, but, without making him the defensive coordinator or head coach, there was little chance of that.
Instead, Bowles moved to Philadelphia this year as the defensive backs coach. Now, he will get his chance to be a coordinator. Bowles has been interviewed several times for both coordinator and head coaching positions around the league.
The Eagles were believed to want Bowles in 2011, but he remained in Miami, leading to the team promoting Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator. Castillo had not coached on the defensive side of the football since 1989 when he was the secondary coach and defensive coordinator for Kingsville High School in Kingsville, Texas.
Congratulations to Bowles. It's a well deserved, and probably overdue, promotion for a well respected coach around the league.