After the 2010 season, Eagles coach Andy Reid decided to fire defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and replace him with the man who coached the team’s offensive line for 13 years. Though Reid remains committed to Castillo — surely because to dump him now would mean that it was a mistake to hire him in the first place — the team is considering options for improving the performance of the defense.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Eagles will consider during the bye week the possibility of bringing in a defensive consultant.
The problem is that most defensive coaches who want to work have jobs. Eric Mangini, who’s getting a buyout from the Browns, is working at ESPN — and he’s a specialist in the 3-4. The Eagles use a 4-3. Former NFL defensive coordinator, Syracuse head coach, and Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson is, as far as we can tell, available, and he has 4-3 experience.
Perhaps the most intriguing possibility is former Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil (pictured). The former hard-hitting NFL safety’s final season with the Packers coincided with Reid’s first year in Green Bay as an assistant. Cecil currently is working as a college football analyst for ESPN and evaluating his coaching options. (He also has something in common with Mike Vick, at least as it relates to the public display of the middle finger.)
The possibility of hiring a consultant apparently means that Castillo would stay put as the defensive coordinator. Another possibility would be to hire a new coordinator, and to move Castillo back to the offensive line, where he would share the duties with Howard Mudd.
The fact that the Eagles are even entertaining the thought of getting help for Castillo strongly suggests that, if the Eagles had to do it over again, they either would have kept McDermott or hired someone who hasn’t been coaching on the offensive line for the last 13 years.