Jim Washburn called Juan Castillo “Juanita” in front of players

AP

The two assistant coaches Andy Reid has fired this season apparently did not get along.

Jim Washburn, the Eagles defensive line coach who was fired this morning, had so little respect for Juan Castillo, the Eagles defensive coordinator who was fired earlier this season, that Washburn would openly show contempt for Castillo in front of players, according to a report from Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.

The report cites one veteran defensive player as saying that Washburn would either ignore Castillo entirely or confront him in a condescending manner. And Washburn would also call Castillo “Juanita” in front of players.

If true, Washburn is both a jerk and a grown man with the maturity of a typical 8-year-old boy. We noted last season that there were reports that Washburn was a major problem in Philadelphia, openly criticizing the offensive playcalling among other things. It doesn’t speak well for Reid as a head coach if that kind of thing was going on within his coaching staff and Reid didn’t put a stop to it.

At least, Reid didn’t put a stop to it until it was too late. Reid fired Castillo after Week Six, but that didn’t fix anything: Since Reid fired Castillo, the Eagles have gone 0-6, and they’ve given up at least 28 points in all six games — a point total they didn’t give up in any game this season before they fired Castillo. So it’s safe to say that Castillo was far from the only problem in Philadelphia.

Washburn said before the season that if the defensive line didn’t get better, he deserved to get fired. Maybe Reid shouldn’t have waited so long to fire Washburn.

59 responses to “Jim Washburn called Juan Castillo “Juanita” in front of players

  1. Sounds like the Eagles wanted to get rid of this guy and knew he’d freak out when the they released his “girlfriend” Jason Babin.

  2. So let me get this straight, this happen weeks ago and your just now getting around to showing this clown the door? Speaking of clowns, the entire Eagle franchise is a 3-ring circus.

    I wonder if losing 9 in a row has anything to do with that.

  3. Oh those merry pranksters. That’s just the Dream Team venting a little ‘dream steam’. Nothing to worry about. Visions of Superbowls dancing in their heads.

  4. Now we know why the D is so messed up. Let’s see if they play better with Washburn gone. Believe it or not, Reid is fixing the offense.

  5. Maybe Washburn and Titus Young Sr. can go to counseling together, and learn how to work with other men without the tantrums?

  6. Judging from what happened after Castillo was fired, it sounds like he was the only saving grace for that defense. Maybe if they had gotten rid of Washburn instead, they wouldn’t have lost 8 straight games.

    Although, probably not, because they are terrible.

  7. This is what happens when you gather a bunch of overpaid, egotistical, and entitled babies and throw them together. It doesnt matter how good they all are on their own, it doesnt work. Football is a team sport that requires cooperation from all parts.

  8. It just shows Reid lost control. He should have fired Washburn first because his conduct was totally unacceptable being a subordinate to Castillo. I thought the Raiders are bad, but the Eagles are blazing a new trail. Reid is gone, to little to late.

  9. If he acted like this all along, why is it just being reported now? The Philly sports media should have been all over this more than a year ago. Start doing your jobs, guys.

    Donovan McNabb giving you easy headlines for years has made you lazy.

  10. Sounds like Reid has no control over his coaching staff. Why do all the national pundits keep talking about what a great coach he is? “If Andy Reid gets fired he won’t be out of work for long!”
    Why? Do other teams want a guy who mumbles “I have to do a better job” at his press conferences week after week after week?

  11. Oh, the poor guy. To think he was called such an offensive name while being paid millions… at least when people called me “Stephanie” I was making no money and wasn’t a grown man.

  12. Sounds to me like Juan Castillo was the only man with any integrity or backbone on that entire dysfunctional coaching staff. He deserves better than that, and judging how they have absolutely fallen apart after he left, it is my hope that he will end up in an organization that will utilize and respect his coaching skills appropriately.

  13. It doesn’t speak well for Reid as a head coach if that kind of thing was going on within his coaching staff and Reid didn’t put a stop to it.

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    If this is true it is yet another nail in Andy’s coffin. Good head coaches do not let situations like this to continue. Washburn also knew that Reid was the one who wanted him, not Castillo, and there was nothing Castillo could do about it.

    It was a situation that Reid created and then ignored.

  14. This reminds me alot of the boston redsox and their issues in the club house , Isn’t it amazing how WINNING have a way of making these incidents not see the light of day or much less be made an ISSUE.

  15. Andy can put the blame anywhere he wants to, the REAL problem is Andy – he has lost all control with his ‘I am the smartest guy in this organisation’ attitude.

  16. Ok National meida tells us again that Eagles fans we’re crazy for wanting to clean house and that Big Red is a great coach.

    I’m waiting for another good laugh, Mariuchi and company!

  17. I never thought an Andy Reid team would collapse on so many different fronts so quickly. I have to admit, I find this is all a bit shocking. All teams go through rebuilding, but I don’t recall ever seeing such a rapid disintegration of a team all the “experts” predicted would compete for the NFC East for years to come.

  18. Surprised Titans fan here. Jim Washburn was immensely respected by his team’s staff, players, and fans during his long tenure in Nashville. If he’s so difficult to work with, why was he such a good worker all those years for Jeff Fisher?

  19. “If true, Washburn is both a jerk and a grown man with the maturity of a typical 8-year-old boy.”

    Very true.

    “It doesn’t speak well for Reid as a head coach if that kind of thing was going on within his coaching staff and Reid didn’t put a stop to it. ”

    The bottom line.

  20. To all those who claim we Eagles fans are unappreciative jerks for wanting to start fresh — take note, because this is why.

  21. If true, Washburn is both a jerk and a grown man with the maturity of a typical 8-year-old boy.

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    Oh, you forgot that he’s a meanie too!

    It’s a play on a guys name.

    I don’t see the big deal.

  22. Wow, just wow that’s all I have left. I am getting my popcorn ready for Vicks statement when he passes his concussion test.

  23. There’s just too many things wrong with this situation to put them all in one thread.

    They’ve been going downhil since 05′. They have drafted poorly over the years, key coaches have left or as the case with Jim Johnson – passed away, and been replaced with guys not nearly as cohesive within the system or as talented, and due to the poor drafts they’ve had to hire far too many hired guns so to speak through free agency.

    All of that coupled with Reid losing his son…it’s just such a shame really. The man deserves to lose his job for no other reason than this has been building around decisions he has made for years, but I still hate to see it all culminate at a time so personally difficult for the man.

    As for Washburn, all the stories I’ve read about him over the past two years confirm what we are reading now. But again, it boils down to Andy. You don’t hire a D-Line coach and have him dictate terms to the D-Coordinator. Anyone could have seen that come crashing down – especially when the D-Coordinator is a former Offensive Line coach.

    I wish Reid the best, but it’s time to move on. This whole thing is just toxic at this point.

  24. amanistumor says: Dec 3, 2012 12:58 PM

    Ok National meida tells us again that Eagles fans we’re crazy for wanting to clean house and that Big Red is a great coach.

    I’m waiting for another good laugh, Mariuchi and company!

    —————–

    Don’t forget these same pundits were telling Eagles fans that they were nuts to rid themselves of McNabb. How did that work out?

  25. A couple of years ago, the entire city of Houston thought Gary Kubiak was out the door (Texans went 6-10 and were historically bad on defense). Bob McNair refused to give in to the fans’ pressure and kept Kubiak. However, he hired a great defensive mind in Wade Phillips. It’s worked out, obviously. Perhaps something similar is brewing in Philadelphia. Keep Reid and pair him with an excellent defensive coordinator.

    But does Reid want to stay, at this point?

    What a mess.

  26. stevemo says:
    Dec 3, 2012 12:56 PM
    Oh, the poor guy. To think he was called such an offensive name while being paid millions… at least when people called me “Stephanie” I was making no money and wasn’t a grown man.
    ___________________________
    The namecalling is just a manifestation of the larger issue which is Washburn’s undermining another coach, who is technically his “boss” to the players. If he had problems with Castillo, he should have addressed them …you know…WITH CASTILLO. Then with Reid. Then maybe he should have resigned if those two things didn’t work to his satisfaction.

    Also, why do people think that when one gets paid a lot of money, it means they don’t deserve to be treated with respect? Money has nothing to do with it. At all.

  27. Well as a Bucs fan I can relate to a team starting 3-1 and losing the rest of the year! Not sure why Reid hasn’t been canned yet, but I gotta say if they lose out, I am sure he will be!

  28. “war27 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:07 PM
    Oh, you forgot that he’s a meanie too!
    It’s a play on a guys name.
    I don’t see the big deal.”
    ============================================

    @war27 clearly doesn’t get it and has about as much of a clue about effective leadership as the 2012 version of Andy Reid (ie., none).

    It’s about undermining the leadership of another coach and solidarity. Imagine how effective an officer commanding his troops would be if a fellow officer started mocking him and his ability to lead his troops into battle in front of all the soldiers.

  29. Is it any wonder that these so-called grown men were unable to field a winning team? It speaks volumes to the attitudes we see in various players. Hope Andy Reed gets back home to the west coast to start anew.

  30. When Parcells coached the Patriots he used to mock Terry Glen the same way, in front of the team. Glen had great talent, but Parcells had no respect for him. That’s “old-school stuff” and doesn’t really sit well with our new sissified society.

  31. both a jerk and a grown man with the maturity of a typical 8-year-old boy.

    —————————————————–

    Coincidentally, this phrase also describes roughly 75% of this site’s commenters.

  32. Washburn may have trouble finding another NFL gig with stories like this circulating. If you’re an NFL team looking for a position coach, who are you going to hire – a young, hungry college assistant/NFL intern who will be grateful for his opportunity, or a sour old cuss with a reputation for not being a team guy?

  33. It might also help to rid yourselves of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie . Was that not the worst excuse for an attempted tackle of Bryant in the history of the NFL. My sister would have given a better effort.

  34. richwizl says:
    Dec 3, 2012 2:01 PM
    When Parcells coached the Patriots he used to mock Terry Glen the same way, in front of the team. Glen had great talent, but Parcells had no respect for him. That’s “old-school stuff” and doesn’t really sit well with our new sissified society.
    =====
    Except Terry Glenn was a player and NOT Bill Parcells’ superior. “Old-school” coaches NEVER talked badly about those above them to those below them. “Old-school” coaches were about making sure the players knew who was in charge at all times. Washburn is NOT an “old-school” coach because he clearly didn’t care if the players respected his boss or not.

    Perhaps you should learn about “old-school stuff” before saying anything, then again, the inability to make proper analogies or comparisons is the standard in whatever society you think you’re living in.

  35. The Big mistake was hiring Castillo and not letting him pick his staff in a joint effort with the HC. Instead Reid hired Washburn. Not a recipe for success.

  36. I don’t think it has anything to do with a “sissified society.” As an employer you simply cannot allow such activity to go on in your place of business. Allowing that sort of interaction to take place at your place of business leaves you exposed to too much risk. If the “bullied” employee finally gets fed up and a physical altercation or worse take place, and an investigation shows that you had knowledge of the abuse, I am sorry I would not open myself up to that kind of liability.

  37. stevemo says:Dec 3, 2012 12:56 PM

    Oh, the poor guy. To think he was called such an offensive name while being paid millions… at least when people called me “Stephanie” I was making no money and wasn’t a grown man.

    For some reason I have a hunch not much as changed for you

  38. richwizl says: Dec 3, 2012 2:01 PM

    When Parcells coached the Patriots he used to mock Terry Glen the same way, in front of the team. Glen had great talent, but Parcells had no respect for him. That’s “old-school stuff” and doesn’t really sit well with our new sissified society.

    ————

    well said.

    Is or was this even an issue? It’s after the fact stuff. I’d think if it was a real issue with JC he would have solved it then and there.

  39. I do not condone that mean spirited behavior, but the headline is funny and I am not surprised by Washburn doing this.

    Washburn is like every coach in the NFL and everyone is competitive too. This is the relevance because name-calling is a form of intimidation and if you intimidate you get to have it your way. You will likely do this is you feel that your way is the only way that things can get done.

    Plain and simple.

  40. This is what happens when you’re a coordinator and not a Head Coach! Reid is an Offense Coordinator and not a leader!!!

  41. tennesseeoilers says:
    Dec 3, 2012 1:02 PM
    Surprised Titans fan here. Jim Washburn was immensely respected by his team’s staff, players, and fans during his long tenure in Nashville. If he’s so difficult to work with, why was he such a good worker all those years for Jeff Fisher?

    because Jeff Fisher had the Nashville media in his back pocket and would have never allowed anything negative to be printed about his coaching staff unless he wanted it that way…ie Washburn was categorized as “gruff” or “brash” or “colorful” instead of “petulant” or “condescending” or “jerk”…

  42. Seems to me Andy Reid’s heart may not be in his job any longer for a very good reason. How many of us would give a crap about football if we lost OUR son due to drugs? Maybe it’s time for Mr. Reid to just take off and seriously grieve for however long it takes him to get his life back in order, if that’s possible. I feel for the guy….

  43. Reid has lost control, obviously. Castillo was a questionable (at best) pick for coordinator, and you can understand the resentment Washburn felt. But, LMAO, this is very High Schoolish and shows how loose things have gotten in Philly.

  44. well, juan was a fish out of water and was set up to fail. he was andy’s guy, not a D guy, and putting him there likely created resentment. yet, this train probly would have derailed no matter who was there. that offense didnt put enough points on the board (even with castillo) or help the D out (and bowles sure needs help).

    if the boss doesnt know much about the work topic, he really shouldnt be the boss.

    and we dont know how castillo talked to washburn. for all we know it was a two way street of insults.

    otoh, there is washburn. washburn set castillo up to fail, and the whole defense. the 9 wide leaves no one back to catch backs who get thru. philly run defense has never been a strong suit.

    the 9 wide does allow for some good stats for pass rushers. hence, the great loyalty between washburn and “his people”.

    lets get past the insult aspect of it. people talk trash all the time.

  45. The firing of Juan seemed unjustified. The firing of Washburn, way too late. Andy Reid has taken responsibility for every bad play call, every bad game, every bad hire. Now, it is time for Andy to fire himself. The wheels have been falling off this wagon for many months now. It has gone beyond ridiculous. it is completely embarrassing to the Organization.

  46. Okay, Captain Obvious, but I doubt anyone knew it got this bad. I think more than one casual fan, let alone Eagle fans said last year it looked like Washburn was not on the same page with Castillo and probably did not respect him as his boss.

  47. I’m sure his buddy, Jeff Fisher, has a spot for him in St. Louis waiting though.

    Classy bunch those Fisher protegees, huh? Schwartz, Greg Williams, Cecil, and this clown. Gees, how many jerks can you fit on one coaching staff?

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