The dismissal of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo has triggered a belated (. . . wait for it) schism in the Philly locker room as to the question of whether Castillo deserved the blame for blown leads and overall bad performances.
On Wednesday, defensive end Brandon Graham dumped on the now-dumped Castillo. On Thursday, cornerback Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie came to Castillo’s defense.
“Of course that’s what you’re going to say when things tend to go bad, you’re going to pinpoint someone,” Rodgers-Cromartie said, via CSNPhilly.com. “I don’t feel that way. You look at statistics, shoot, we’re still in the top of the running. I can’t do nothing about it. But I didn’t see no problems.”
Technically, this means he did see problems. His point is that he didn’t.
“I feel like every man should be accountable for [himself],” Rodgers-Cromartie explained. “I learned from early in life any time things go wrong it’s easy to say, ‘He did this, he did that’ instead of saying, ‘I did this, I did that.’ Whatever the case may be I ain’t got no say-so over none of that.”
Again, technically, he’s saying he actually had say-so. His point is that he doesn’t.
Rodgers-Cromartie actually had praise for Castillo, the long-time offensive line coach who was fired in his second year running the team’s defense. “He changed my game,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “He brought me to a press corner. He’s one of them guys that will take the time with you to let you understand the weaknesses in your game and keep you after practice and make you work on it.”
So what about the comments from guys like Graham?
“That’s their own opinion,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I can’t do nothing about that.”
Technically . . . oh, never mind. We get the point.
The broader point is that players in the locker room may disagree as to why the defense is struggling. If the struggling continues they may be looking to point fingers, or possibly worried about whether fingers will be pointed at them.