Eagles coach Andy Reid has stuck his neck out for Juan Castillo, naming him defensive coordinator last year when many questioned whether he was qualified, and then sticking with Castillo through a turbulent first season on the job.
Castillo now says he’d do anything to repay that loyalty.
Asked today about Reid’s decision to bring him back for a second season as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator even though the first season was a disappointment, Castillo told Philly.com, “You never forget that, as long as you live. You’d take a bullet for him, you know? Just like he does for us.”
Before he was moved to defensive coordinator, Castillo had been the Eagles’ offensive line coach since Reid arrived in 1999. Castillo views Reid as a friend and mentor, and he wants to see Reid holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
“I’ve worked for coach for a lot of years,” Castillo said. “We’ve not won the Super Bowl, but we’ve won a lot of games . . . I come to work every morning at 4 o’clock. There’s a reason I’m coming to work that early, because I want to get it done for coach. It’s coach, the organization and the city. That’s very important.”
If the Eagles miss the playoffs again this year, Castillo and Reid may both be out of work. And to hear Castillo talk, it sounds like he’d be sadder for Reid than he would be for himself.