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Lurie says he was skeptical of the Castillo promotion

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The man who created an environment of extreme stress in Philly has commented on the first tangible consequence of the unprecedented pressure he placed on his team.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie tells Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News that the man who writes the checks had reservations last year about bumping up the man who’ll now get a buyout.

Yes I did,” Lurie said of the decision to make Juan Castillo defensive coordinator in 2011.  “But I let Andy make that call.  I respected his decision.  He felt it was the best thing to do at the time, and I don’t interfere in that area.”

Lurie also said that the decision to dump Castillo also was Reid’s and Reid’s alone.

“The way I operate, a coach is responsible for his staff,” Lurie said.  “[He needs to] succeed or fail based on who he chooses and his own performance.  I don’t trigger that.”

But Lurie did everything but pull the trigger in August, making it clear with chilling nonchalance that Reid will be fired if the Eagles have another .500 season.  And while Lurie likely knows Reid well enough to know that he can bear the pressure of coaching for his job, Lurie likely underestimated the impact of his words on everyone else, from Castillo to Mike Vick (who has 15.5 million reasons for Reid to return) to anyone and everyone else with a vested interest in Reid staying put.
It could be that this was Lurie’s way of countering agent Bob LaMonte, who tried to make a clumsy power play on Reid’s behalf not long before Lurie made clear that, contrary to LaMonte’s contentions, Reid is in trouble.  Still, Lurie’s reaction went too far, making it too hard for Reid to get the team pointed in the right direction.
It’s unclear why Lurie hasn’t gotten more criticism for putting a dark cloud over the franchise, but he should.  And whoever takes that job after Reid needs to do so with a clear understanding that this owner, unlike most others, is willing to tell the world before a season even starts that the coach could be coaching for his job.
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  1. fuglyflorio says: Oct 17, 2012 9:23 AM

    Hmmm … too bad Laurie wasn’t in a position to do something about that Castillo promotion. If only he had some power things would have been so different. *sigh*

  2. dasboat says: Oct 17, 2012 9:25 AM

    Reid may be under pressure in Philly but he’d have another job in 5 minutes (if he wants it) if the Eagles let him go. Browns, Chiefs, Cardinals, Cowboys and others could be looking for a new coach for next season.

  3. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 17, 2012 9:28 AM

    No, Lurie shouldn’t have gotten more criticism for doing what he did. If the Eagles are falling apart because they fear for their jobs, they deserve to get fired.

  4. sjoyner59 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    Jeff is a millionaire owner and a fan basically , he like most all of us knew this was a bad idea at the pro level of the game

  5. attyken says: Oct 17, 2012 9:38 AM

    He has had 14 seasons and he still makes stupid decisions that I wouldn’t even make. From clock management to player personnel to coaching decisions. A man with this much experience needs to know and do a much better job. I have always supported him but can no longer do so.

  6. lovedabirds says: Oct 17, 2012 9:42 AM

    Andy Reid = Marty Schottenheimer

    Gets close, competitive every regular season…never delivers.

    And Marty never had control over players & the draft like Andy has.

  7. eaglesw00t says: Oct 17, 2012 9:43 AM

    It’s unclear why Lurie hasn’t gotten more criticism for putting a dark cloud over the franchise, but he should. And whoever takes that job after Reid needs to do so with a clear understanding that this owner, unlike most others, is willing to tell the world before a season even starts that the coach could be coaching for his job.

    ———————————

    Ok, so the media criticizes Jeff Lurie for letting Andy Reid stay as coach and not making any changes.

    Now you criticize Jeff Lurie for making a declaration that average isnt good enough?

    You are a hypocrite.

  8. eaglesfootballfan says: Oct 17, 2012 9:45 AM

    Andy Reid put Juan Castillo in a very tough position. You don’t take your O-line coach and promote him to D- Coordinator when his only experience calling a Defense was in High School.

  9. amaf21 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:52 AM

    wow this blabbermouth could be worse than jerry jones. either way, both need to fire themselves.

  10. ud1hens says: Oct 17, 2012 9:52 AM

    I don’t pretend I own an NFL franchise nor do I have millions of dollars in the bank. But come on Lurie, you are a smart man in order to get where you are. I bet it didn’t come from allowing the hiring of less than deserving employees to run a major facet of your organization. It’s accountability. It happened on your watch. The common denominator is Andy Reid. Whether it’s in the hiring/promotions of defensive coaches, to the complete whiffs in the draft on defensive lineman, linebackers, and safeties. Andy is a tremendous coach, but all organizations need to re-invent themselves at times and bring in a different voice.

  11. wiitrainingcamp says: Oct 17, 2012 9:55 AM

    Yeah, him and everyone else who follows the NFL questioned the Castillo move.

    On the flip side, I believe Lurie runs a football team the right way, which is to hire people to run the football operations and not interfere. If you start saying no to the decisions a coach wants to make, you undermine his ability to run a team.

    And, I don’t criticize Lurie for his pre-season comments. It’s the one time in the almost 20 years of ownership he’s said anything of the sort. So, to imply that he will do the same to the next coach is far fetched. Plus, he’s 100% right. When you have been a coach for a decade plus, and are given the tools that Reid has been given, 8-8 is not good enough. Whether he says it publicly or it’s merely implied doesn’t matter. Lurie said exactly want the fan base wanted to hear. I won’t sit back and accept repeated failure anymore. You make it happen, or I’ll find someone else who will make it happen.

  12. duncanthecat says: Oct 17, 2012 9:57 AM

    Wow!

    Dream Team 2.0 is dismantling faster than Dream Team 1.o.

  13. gammynomnom says: Oct 17, 2012 9:58 AM

    LOL, offense is terrible, 31st in the league, Mike Vick is turnover machine. So of course the answer is to fire the D coordinator.

    What an absolute joke of a franchise.

  14. beedubyatoo says: Oct 17, 2012 9:59 AM

    Monday morning quarterback. If Castillo had succeeded beyond anybody’s expectatiions, Lurie would be taking credit.

  15. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Oct 17, 2012 10:01 AM

    this is pretty ridiculous. the people in the nfl all know it stands for “not for long”. they see their friend in the locker room one day, and gone the next. once again there is no logical chain of argument leading to your conclusion.

    there’s no way jeff lurie’s remarks had any influence on juan castillo or the rest. vick knows how his contract works. the agent planned it to expire three days after the super bowl so he would have time to find work prior to teams making their plans.

  16. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:01 AM

    Whoever is coordinating the D, if the Dline hasnt had a sack in 3 weeks AND we are being run on, that coordinator needs to seriously think about bringing the wide 9 in some. All the detriments and none of the supposed reward is what we are getting right now.

    Don’t even get me started on the O…. should be no where near the possition to be losing by walk off field goals 2 wks in a row, or having to drive for a TD in the 4th to winn the 1st two either. Disgusting carelessness.

  17. laeaglefan says: Oct 17, 2012 10:04 AM

    Even if other owners don’t publicly say that a coach is coaching for his job, its always implied. The fact is that Andy Reid has had 14 years to achieve a goal and he hasn’t been able to do it, for whatever the reasons.
    In fact, the team has been regressing over the last several seasons. Its time to move in another direction.

  18. marcolamorsa says: Oct 17, 2012 10:06 AM

    Jerry jones take notes on how just to be an owner and not GM,president,ceo etc. Just write checks.

  19. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:06 AM

    Gonna have to fire Andy after losing his son and Jason Peters… awkwarrrrrrrrrd

  20. delsj says: Oct 17, 2012 10:09 AM

    I assumed this article was coming eventually and the conclusion in the last paragraph is as wrong as expected. Only national pundits with a chubby for Andy Reid want more scrutiny on Laurie’s comments. Your spin on the next coach is a weak angle at best.

    If a coach doesn’t win a Super Bowl after 15 years and makes a series of horrendous decisions with a talented team that lead to 3 years of mediocrity, I applaud an owner demanding something better than 8-8.

  21. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 17, 2012 10:12 AM

    Of course he was… any reasonable person would be. But, we all know Andy Reid thinks he is smarter than everyone else. So the move was made. You can’t cross your fingers or roll the dice with a position as crucial as D Coordinator. That’s what Reid did with that hire and it blew up in his face.

  22. jasonluckydog17 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:12 AM

    Most GM’s in the NFL would sell their souls for the success the Eagles have enjoyed the past 10 years.

  23. tmac4454 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:17 AM

    “The way I operate, a coach is responsible for his staff,” Lurie said. “[He needs to] succeed or fail based on who he chooses and his own performance. I don’t trigger that.”

    Love me some Lurie. He is a class act for an owner. He may need to make some changes next year with coaches and players.
    Now Jenny Jones you need to learn from Lurie. Stay away from the sidelines and the media.

  24. east96st says: Oct 17, 2012 10:17 AM

    “The man who created an environment of extreme stress in Philly has commented on the first tangible consequence of the unprecedented pressure he placed on his team.”

    The vast majority of Americans go to work everyday knowing they could be fired because their boss doesn’t like their haircut. And there isn’t one damn thing they can do about it. Most make less than $35 grand a year. Welcome to “right to work” America. THAT’S an environment of extreme stress. What Laurie did was to point out the obvious. He gave Reid a blank check to run the team as Reid saw fit. Reid wanted and demanded that right. Therefore, he needs to assume the responsibility for when it goes wrong. Andy’s bringing home 5.5 million this year. He’ll be fine if he gets shown the door.

  25. rubbernilly says: Oct 17, 2012 10:26 AM

    eagleswoot says:
    Ok, so the media criticizes Jeff Lurie for letting Andy Reid stay as coach and not making any changes.

    Now you criticize Jeff Lurie for making a declaration that average isnt good enough?

    You are a hypocrite.

    Logic can be pointy, sometimes. Like scissors, one should never run with it.

    Like the above.

    It does not constitute hypocrisy if “the media” says one thing, and then someone else says the opposite. Only if the same person said two contradictory things.

    Not to mention that there is nothing contradictory in the two statements you’re calling hypocritical. There’s nothing hypocritical about criticizing Lurie for keeping Andy Reid as coach and criticizing Lurie for speaking publically about the coaching situation there in such a way as to cast a cloud over the organization. The position is:

    “You should fire Andy Reid, but if you keep him, then shut the hell up and give him his best chance for success.”

    Personally, I have no opinion on whether the organization should fire Reid, but there isn’t a bit of hypocrisy in the positions you listed.

  26. geniusfan says: Oct 17, 2012 10:28 AM

    “It’s unclear why Lurie hasn’t gotten more criticism for putting a dark cloud over the franchise, but he should.”

    Says you. This is an opinion (and a bad one) not a fact. Reid has had 13 years to get the job done and he has failed. The Eagles’ average record since 2005 is 9-7. Not good enough. The Eagles have played sloppy, lazy, uninspired football for the last two years as well.

    Why should Lurie get flack for this? Tom Coughlin handled coaching for his job in 2007 (and maybe 2011) very well. If Reid and the players can’t handle this then they were never going to accomplish the goal anyways.

    The Eagles look the same as last year when there wasn’t any statements from Lurie. Nothing has changed in two years and comments from the owner hasn’t made them turn the ball over, fail to block anybody, and blow two more 4th quarter leads.

  27. bedmanokc says: Oct 17, 2012 10:29 AM

    Well if Laurie had not interfered and the idiots fans/philly media – that wanted Vick put in, even though Ried KNEW that Kolb was 100X smarter and better.

    IF everyone would have left Ried alone to do his job, Philly would be over 500 and probably winning NFC championships like he did that one time —–

    wait what? 4 years in a Row?

    Really?

    Coach we will hold a vacancy here for you in KC, just as soon as we get rid of Crennell.

    Hey Kiladelphia – who ya gonna get thats better?

    Cower aint walking thru that door.

    Reminds of the song by Cinderalla in the 80s—you know the one.

  28. cooch70 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:32 AM

    Mike, Are you serious? Do you really think after 13years of no championships, 8 years since the last real team, that Laurie should play it gentle. Get a grip, season ticket holders such as myself, dont want to hear kindness. This man and the team have had plenty of oppurtunities to get the soft approach. Its time to put up or leave. It almost seems like you have your own agenda with Laurie and its sad you let personal feelings get in the way.

  29. polapea says: Oct 17, 2012 10:32 AM

    Lurie’s smart, he leaves football decisions to the coaches. If he overruled Reid and nixed the Castillo hire, when it comes time to fire Reid a case could be made the owner interfered. This way, it’s all on Reid.

  30. lucky5936 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:42 AM

    dasboat says:
    Oct 17, 2012 9:25 AM
    Reid may be under pressure in Philly but he’d have another job in 5 minutes (if he wants it) if the Eagles let him go. Browns, Chiefs, Cardinals, Cowboys and others could be looking for a new coach for next season.

    ————————————————–
    Reid is emotionally burnt out. It is a safe bet he takes a year off from coaching to catch his breath from coaching this long and complete the grieving process of losing a son. He’s earned a break.

  31. tatatoothy says: Oct 17, 2012 10:48 AM

    I know there are a lot of Andy Reid haters but coming from a highly disgruntled Bills fan, I would love to have Andy Reid coach my team. I get it that he has not yet won a Super Bowl but his teams have been perennial contenders almost every year he’s been a head coach.

    All coaches’ time runs out eventually wherever they are coaching – it’s the nature of the game. But Reid will be a highly sought after commodity if he gets the boot from Philly. My guess would be Cleveland.

  32. jbell33139 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:50 AM

    You could have EASILY fired Marty Morningweig and Bobby Abril before firing Castillo.

  33. alexb64 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:50 AM

    I was skeptical of that thing that didn’t work out. I was not against it, because something like that could be proved wrong of course.

  34. mungman69 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:21 AM

    It’s time for the Eagles to move on. The defense looks the same as last year, the offense looks the same as last year AND the special teams are worse than last year. It looks like the players have given up on the coaches and the coaches can’t find a way to get the players back so it is time ( today ) to rid themselves of Marty and Bobby April. Change at this time may help. This team has talent but they haven’t put it together.

  35. mercyflush says: Oct 17, 2012 11:24 AM

    bedmanokc : “Reminds of the song by Cinderalla in the 80s—you know the one.”

    Long Cold Winter? That’s what it is going to be here in Philly.

    Look, Reid is a good coach, he would go to Buffalo or KC and do really well, I have no doubt.

    The fact is that he has had 14 years here. It’s time to move on. I’m not bashing him, he’s been one of if not the best coaches the Eagles ever had. But he has not won a Superbowl. He is 1-4 in NFC Championship games, and all but 1 of those losses his team was the favorite going in.

    He needs a fresh start somewhere, and the Eagles need a fresh voice. This should be Reid’s last year, as well as Marty M, Bobby April, Mudd, Washburn, GM Howie Roseman. Lurie needs to clean house, get a strong GM and strong coach and build on the talent that is on this team.

    Vick needs to go too.

  36. liamj55 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:27 AM

    Disagree Mike. Why is it if Coughlin gets put on the hot seat his team responds and wins the super bowl? Andy Reid gets put on the hot seat and it is used as an excuse for why the team is struggling? I am an Eagles fan and their is one word to sum up Andy Reid – STALE.

  37. kevpft says: Oct 17, 2012 11:34 AM

    Way to go, Eagles! You’ve just addressed the fifth-biggest problem on the team at the moment, and done it in a questionable way. There’s some leadership courage for ya.

  38. mercyflush says: Oct 17, 2012 12:02 PM

    kevpft… this team has blown 7 4th quarter leads in the last 22 games.

    they had a 10 pt lead with 5 to play on Sunday and lost. The had a 2 pt lead and 5 to play, and had the Steelers on the 10 yard line and 1st and 20, and lost.

    the D has been a huge problem since Jim Johnson died. Castillo never should have been the D Coordinator. He had to go.

    I do agree that there are other problems (playcalling, special teams, Vick’s turnovers) but to make a snide comment like that is just dumb.

  39. 4evrnyt says: Oct 17, 2012 12:05 PM

    This shows extremely poor character and judgement on the part of Lurie to come out after the fact and try to blast Castillo. It also shows that Lurie is questioning Reid’s decisions. Reid is 100% gone absent a SuperBowl run in Philly this year.

  40. shootahcowboy says: Oct 17, 2012 12:17 PM

    Maybe he got fired for lack of performance as the “D Coordinator.”

    “D” standing for Dynasty, right Michael Vick?

  41. mwatts1 says: Oct 17, 2012 12:21 PM

    Eagels fans think they are much better than what the team/franchise really is. You guys have won NOTHING! Your division rivals all have titles exept for the Eagles. Yet you all talk like you have 10 SuperBowls under your belt. You have much bigger issues that who the DC is…. Win something then talk.

  42. goodellsadouche says: Oct 17, 2012 12:26 PM

    Does anyone care that Fat Andy gave theDefensive Coordinator position to a career offensive line coach?? Maybe he should spend more time with his screw up of a family.

  43. laserw says: Oct 17, 2012 12:27 PM

    Look up the definition of a horse’s ass and you’ll find a picture of Lurie. He is a two-faced blowhard that takes all the credit when his team wins and then is always 20/20 right when things go wrong in hindsight.

    Lurie has benefited from Donovan McNubb and Coach Porky Pigus bonding well enough that the huge shortcomings of McNubb could be mitigated through an offensive scheme of smoke and mirrors. Now that the sloath and idiot McNubb is nowhere, suddenly Porky Pigus is looking like he is out in his own field and the team is disintegrating.

    Lurie made this bed and he should be forced to start accepting he is part of the failure. When his team had a chance to win a Super Bowl, all of its weaknesses were exposed – horrible QB – bad coach – and a weak and thin team. And every one of these players have a signature on their paycheck – Lurie’s.

  44. laserw says: Oct 17, 2012 12:28 PM

    How is it that you fire a defensive coach when it is your Quarterback who is causing the losses? You want the defense to run the offense too?

  45. kevpft says: Oct 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    Really, mercyflush? The team’s defense is ranked 12th in the league, while its offense is ranked 31st in points per game (a measly 17.2). Vick has turned the ball over 13 times this season.

    Not so easy to be a 12th-ranked defense when you’re constantly having to march back onto the field to overcome turnovers and hold opposing teams under 17 points per game.

    Castillo wasn’t qualified for the job, but was still given the job – that’s a management problem, which goes straight to Reid and Lurie.

    Add to that the playcalling and special teams issues you mention, and I think we’re sitting at five or more glaring issues that aren’t being addressed. And to make it worse, most of those issues have predated Castillo’s assignment.

  46. essentialsausage says: Oct 17, 2012 1:03 PM

    I don’t get this at all. Their defense is lightyears ahead of their offense, yet Castillo is the one who gets canned? What a joke.

  47. thetooloftools says: Oct 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    Looks like an owner is giving a head coach just enough rope to hang himseelf.

  48. eaglesw00t says: Oct 17, 2012 1:50 PM

    mwatts1 says:
    Oct 17, 2012 12:21 PM
    Eagels fans think they are much better than what the team/franchise really is. You guys have won NOTHING! Your division rivals all have titles exept for the Eagles. Yet you all talk like you have 10 SuperBowls under your belt. You have much bigger issues that who the DC is…. Win something then talk.

    ——————–

    The Eagles have 3 championships. A championship is just as valid as a Cowboys Super Bowl. They are both long in the past, and have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with 2012.

    Honestly, what does the Cowboys winning a SB in the early 90s do to affect the 2012 Cowboys? How does it make them a better team this year than any other team? It doesnt. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

    The Eagles have quite a good team. They just have an inept HC and OC. And dreadful special teams.

    If some yahoo didnt call passing plays with less than 3 minutes to go last week, the Eagles run the clock down to the 2 minute warning, and the Lions dont have enough time to drive slowly down the field like they did.

    At the same time, some yahoo took Nnamdi off of Megatron, and it killed us. Nnamdi did fantastic in man coverage on the guy I think is the best receiver in the NFL right now.

  49. judsonjr says: Oct 17, 2012 2:25 PM

    I’m not sure how much is a D-coord problem, and how much is relying on the bargain bin for the S and LB positions.

    2011 – No one to play S or LB
    2012 – Add Ryans at LB and expect that to fix everything?

    It’s like they are playing Madden and pick the best guys at the glamour positions on D and then have to fill out the rest of the roster with minimum salary.

  50. MichaelEdits says: Oct 17, 2012 2:28 PM

    Way to throw Andy under the bus. Lurie’s probably afraid the fans will boo him the way they booed Santa Claus.

  51. howiehandles says: Oct 17, 2012 2:31 PM

    Now the players will have no one to blame if they don’t play great. Although I’m sure they’ll still point fingers.

  52. kevpft says: Oct 17, 2012 2:39 PM

    “The Eagles have 3 championships. A championship is just as valid as a Cowboys Super Bowl”

    Not really. Super Bowls are the measurement of success in the current NFL as we know it. There have been changes and realignments over the years, but since the consolidation of leagues and implementation of Super Bowls, things have been pretty consistent overall. The sport existed before SBs, but wasn’t really fully formed.

    Like it or not, this is the standard of measurement. Everyone considers Super Bowls, however distant or recent, as part of the living tradition of their team, going all the way back to SB I. Anything before that is past the line of relevance. Eagles don’t get an exception to that.

    And if Super Bowls have no value after they’re won, you’ve just invalidated the entire premise of the football season.

    Sorry, pal – best to just accept that the Eagles come up empty in the most important criteria. Just the way it is. They’ll overcome it some day; too much talent is always around that team for it to not happen eventually. Not much point in trying to devalue the achievement ahead of time.

  53. greenbleeder says: Oct 17, 2012 3:19 PM

    You don’t say?…

  54. phillyphannn83 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:48 PM

    He doesn’t get that criticism for two reasons: 1: It’s more than deserved 2. He NEVER would have made that statement had Lamonte not opened his yap with a completely unnecessary comment. It was so out of touch that I’ve never even heard of him until now, and Andy’s been here how long? 14 years? I don’t think he’s EVER been quoted before this. It just made absolutely no sense why he would say such a thing, especially days after Garretts passing.

  55. mungman69 says: Oct 17, 2012 7:28 PM

    Everybody just calm down. The O line sucks and until that is fixed nothing else matters much.

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