Asomugha doesn’t think his words had anything to do with Castillo’s firing

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Last Monday, one of the talking points in the wake of the Eagles’ loss to the Lions was cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s criticism of the team’s defensive strategy during their fourth quarter fade.

Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired the next day and Asomugha’s comments were sometimes cited as part of the history that led to the Eagles’ decision. Asomugha said Monday that his intention was not to make Castillo bear the totality of the blame for the defensive issues in Philadelphia.

“I had a tough time when those stories come out. It’s more so a character thing, and it’s something I would never do as a player,” Asomugha said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “There’s no underlying — this was said, but it might have meant this. I wouldn’t do that to a coach, and especially Juan. Just because as far as the player-coach relationship, we had been so communicative. It wasn’t a good feeling. But after speaking to him and letting him know that wasn’t the case, that made it a lot better. But I don’t think it had anything to do with him being let go or anything.”

Even if you think Asomugha threw Castillo under the bus, the bus was coming for the former defensive coordinator. And it will be coming for Andy Reid and others if Asomugha and his teammates don’t start playing better under Todd Bowles.

19 responses to “Asomugha doesn’t think his words had anything to do with Castillo’s firing

  1. Ok, so I’ve read everything and I just don’t understand how the defense is the problem in Philly. Because of the poor offensive execution that defense is on the field a lot. Not just playing regular defense, but prevent defense. They are tasked with making sure the opposing team doesn’t score off another Vick turnover. They have to go out there after 3 and outs because the offense forgot they had a running back. Juan shouldn’t have been the DC, but let’s not pretend the D was the problem.

  2. From a born Eagles optimist, I’d have to strongly disagree. We’ll beat Atlanta, but lose to NO. Then we’ll continue that win/lose trend until we’re 8-8.

    Did you see RG3 yesterday?!? Hell, we may get swept by the Skins.

  3. this defense has given up too many 4th quarter leads over the beginning of this season and last season.The defensive line is not getting to the quarterback at all this year

  4. Hopefully Bowles can get more out of Nnamdi. His decline in production has been puzzling. As has been the lack of sacks.

    Add it all up as well as Juan inexperience = Job Loss.

  5. “Nnamdi, that grass aint always greener. Looks like Al Davis knew alot more about defense than you gave him credit for. He made you a star and a rich man.”

    Stop. Nnamdi’s been fine this year. Oakland has been awful as always, well at least since Al went senile and turned the Raiders into the biggest joke in the NFL.

  6. Eagles have not been using Nnamdi properly- Nnamdi is a man to man cover corner- not a zone guy.

    But, he played better wearing Silver and Black. I hope the Eagles are stupid enough to dump his salary- he will play for less money to come home and play for the RAIDERS- as it should be.

  7. Nnamdi is not the Nnamdi of old but he’s still a very valuable player and I think Philly fans hate on him way too much. Sure wish he was on my team.

  8. “Hopefully Bowles can get more out of Nnamdi. His decline in production has been puzzling.”

    Puzzling? The league is littered with CBs whose skills disappear once they turn 30. He’s a year overdue.

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