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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.

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19 Responses to “Asomugha doesn’t think his words had anything to do with Castillo’s firing”
  1. mad55555 says: Oct 22, 2012 3:58 PM

    a leader questioning the play calling is throwing the coach under the bus any way you want to cut it. No One EVER questioned Jim Johnson.

  2. duncanthecat says: Oct 22, 2012 4:02 PM

    The bus has not left and when the crap settles down, Vick and Nnamdi’s rediculous salaries will also be on board.

  3. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 22, 2012 4:04 PM

    Eagles go 8-2 and finish at 11-5, winning the division. Write it down. 10-22-12

  4. dequan81 says: Oct 22, 2012 4:12 PM

    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.

  5. conjecture101 says: Oct 22, 2012 4:22 PM

    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.

  6. greenbleeder says: Oct 22, 2012 4:25 PM

    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.

  7. sjoyner59 says: Oct 22, 2012 4:28 PM

    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

  8. jianningwu says: Oct 22, 2012 4:29 PM

    > Write it down. 10-22-12

    Why do I have write it down? You just typed it.

  9. shlort says: Oct 22, 2012 4:48 PM

    Wasnt your words, Nnamdi… It was your play that got your DC canned.

  10. realfann says: Oct 22, 2012 4:56 PM


    I do what I’m told.

  11. DubZ480 says: Oct 22, 2012 5:00 PM

    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.

  12. geniusfan says: Oct 22, 2012 5:07 PM

    “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.

  13. claymatthewshairplugs says: Oct 22, 2012 5:10 PM

    No Nnamdi it wasn’t your words it was that bus your pretty much threw Castillo under that did it.

  14. mullman76 says: Oct 22, 2012 5:15 PM

    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.

  15. patsfanvt says: Oct 22, 2012 5:21 PM

    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.

  16. csilojohnson says: Oct 22, 2012 6:48 PM


  17. lrm1980 says: Oct 22, 2012 7:45 PM

    Reid hired an offensive line coach to be his d coordinator. Point the blame whete it belongs.

  18. db3300 says: Oct 22, 2012 8:00 PM

    “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.

  19. abninf says: Oct 22, 2012 8:58 PM

    They have the makings of a Dynasty.

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