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Andy Reid wants Juan Castillo to be his offensive line coach

ANDY REID, JUAN CASTILLO AP

If Andy Reid does, as expected, become an NFL head coach again this year, he will again hire Juan Castillo as an assistant.

Settle down, Chiefs fans: Reid wants Castillo to be his offensive line coach, not his defensive coordinator.

Reid is widely regarded as the frontrunner to become the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, possibly as soon as today, and CSN’s Derrick Gunn reports that Castillo has an offer from Reid to be the offensive line coach whenever Reid becomes a head coach.

Although Reid fired Castillo as defensive coordinator during the 2012 season, it makes perfect sense that they’d reunite: Castillo was a well-regarded offensive line coach before Reid made the foolish decision to move him to the other side of the ball, and Castillo and Reid have spoken warmly about each other as friends even after Reid fired Castillo. Just because Castillo failed as a defensive coordinator doesn’t mean he’s not a good offensive line coach.

And so Castillo may soon be an offensive line coach again in Kansas City.

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26 Responses to “Andy Reid wants Juan Castillo to be his offensive line coach”
  1. unkrautsalat says: Jan 4, 2013 10:06 AM

    Also, while he wasn’t a very good D-coordinator, the defense still got way worse after he was fired.

  2. amaf21 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:07 AM

    Awww that’s precious.

  3. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 4, 2013 10:08 AM

    Yeh, this is one decision I haven’t heard mentioned as people point out Reid’s failures/shortcomings as a coach. Lots about poor decisions for play calling and game management, but this would have to rank right up there. One must question his decision making since he thought this was a good idea.

  4. stini777 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:10 AM

    Starting to think Reid let him go to save him the embarrassment of the rest of the season.

  5. snowpea84 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:11 AM

    People like to pretend Castillo was a bad D Coordinator. The evidence speaks to the contrary. The Eagles also tried placing the blame on Sean McDermott, who has gone on t have success as a D Coordinator on another team.

  6. sgtr0c says: Jan 4, 2013 10:13 AM

    All the stories about Reid and his mistakes are making me feel better about the Eagles letting him go.

  7. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 4, 2013 10:19 AM

    I don’t see this ending well for KC. Hope they don’t waste their pick.

  8. insanelomein2 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:25 AM

    He was the O-Line coach for 10+years when they actually understood blocking schemes and blitz pickups.

    I wouldnt mind him coming back to the Eagles as O-Line coach.

  9. pinion8ted says: Jan 4, 2013 10:27 AM

    I still don’t know what it is about Reid’s 14 year record in Philly that has teams lined up to throw money at this very average coach who clearly lost control of his last team.

  10. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 4, 2013 10:29 AM

    Castillo will go wherever Andy goes. He’s the only guy that’ll give him a gig. Good thing he’s going back to the OL.

  11. seabreezes51 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:30 AM

    Reid tied Castillos hands at DC when he forced Washburn on him.
    That was the big mistake made.

  12. irishphilly87 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:33 AM

    sgtroc Andy stinks, i like him as a guy but as a coach i’m so thankful hes gone.

    Andy Reid was 26-51 against playoff teams (teams that made the playoffs that season) he’s 66-61 since his 04′ Superbowl loss to New England, so 8 years of mediocreness… he’s 33-33 since Jim Johnson was no longer defensive coordinator… Andy Reid might be the most overrated coach of all time… I HAVE NO IDEA why the national media praises this guy.. Adam Schefter “Schefty” from ESPN called his time in Philadelphia legendary.. um he needs at least 1 superbowl to be legendary and he doesnt even have that… he failed in the big games, his team failed him when favorite a few NFC Championships…. he is just a coach that is capable of beating up bad teams… look at the NFC in the 1st half of the decade of 2000 when he was coach…. The packers and 49ers were in a downspin from there dominant days in the 90′s… the Cowboys had qb’s like Quincy Carter and Drew Bledsoe… the Redskins had Jeff George and just about any other scrub qb come through there… the Giants had Kerry Collins… and he even got them to the superbowl in 2000! but seriously Kerry Collins?? As an Eagles fan i’m a realist and i know Andy Reid beat up on the NFC and NFC East when they had down years and it’s no secret that now the NFC is back and booming, his team has sucked the last 3 years… I’ll also mention that Andy Reid inherited future pro bowl players by the Ray Rhodes regime before him in Brian Dawkins, Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor, Hugh Douglas and Jerimiah Trotter. That was half his great defense he had and if it were up to him he’d have no ability to draft any of those, so he’s basically extremely lucky. His best move in 14 years of being the head coach was signing Jim Johnson as the Defensive Coordinator because he was the biggest part of his success.

  13. 480volt says: Jan 4, 2013 10:35 AM

    if Reid is hired he needs to bring in new fresh minds…stop clinging to the past….that’s narrow minded thinking if u ask me…he just fired the guy right?…Go Pats!!

  14. DubZ480 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:38 AM

    Am Happy for Coach Castillo. His story of how he got his first NFL job is one of true perseverance. I was sad to see him fired and wish him much success

  15. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 4, 2013 10:57 AM

    If Reid is hired by KC Juanita will be back as dc next season.

  16. phillyphan77 says: Jan 4, 2013 10:58 AM

    As an Eagles fan this will be a great hire by Reid. Castillo was a great o-line coach but not a good D coordinator. But I hope the Chiefs don’t pick a QB at #1. Most likely Reid will take an o-lineman or d-lineman there.

  17. charliework says: Jan 4, 2013 11:20 AM

    snowpea84 says:
    Jan 4, 2013 10:11 AM
    People like to pretend Castillo was a bad D Coordinator. The evidence speaks to the contrary. The Eagles also tried placing the blame on Sean McDermott, who has gone on t have success as a D Coordinator on another team.

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    Uhhh, you mean the Carolina Panthers? Did you even watch football this season? The Panthers this year weren’t exactly the ’85 Bears.

  18. armeniandelight4 says: Jan 4, 2013 11:27 AM

    snowpea84

    People like to pretend Castillo was a bad D Coordinator. The evidence speaks to the contrary. The Eagles also tried placing the blame on Sean McDermott, who has gone on t have success as a D Coordinator on another team.

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    Wow, your evidence is rock-solid.

  19. electionconfidential says: Jan 4, 2013 11:43 AM

    Having a losing team hire a losing coach isn’t much reason to get excited.

  20. steelerben says: Jan 4, 2013 12:07 PM

    Castillo actually wasn’t that bad a Defensive coordinator. The first season started off rough and then started gaining traction. When he was fired at the beginning of the past season, his defense was the bright spot on that team. The defense wasn’t turning over the ball at an alarming rate, that was Vick and that horrible offense with good defensive play keeping them in those games. His defense was actually doing a great job at keeping the play in front of them and controlling the tempo of the game. Once he was fired, the defense really went to junk.

    Just because it wasn’t the most popular choice doesn’t mean it was a failure statistically. With conventional front line play instead of that wide nine garbage, it could have been even better. They fired the wrong guy in Philly and replaced him with the wrong guys. That doesn’t go on Reid, that goes on the GM and owner who wanted the moves made.

  21. manningbowl88 says: Jan 4, 2013 12:07 PM

    if i was castillo id make ried/chiefs pony up some dough for making me the scapegoat in philly… one that snowballed into a scapemountainlion bec that D got worse lol

  22. dawkinsalwaysaneagle says: Jan 4, 2013 12:13 PM

    Hopefully for KC fans, he doesn’t bring back Washburn to run the Wide-9. He probably will though.

  23. 84sgl says: Jan 4, 2013 12:14 PM

    Uhhh, you mean the Carolina Panthers? Did you even watch football this season? The Panthers this year weren’t exactly the ’85 Bears.
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    Did you watch the Panthers this year? Or did you take the ill-informed media’s take on Carolina? I actually watched the Panthers Defense this year.. Not too shabby at all. They finished 10th this year in total Defense. And probably have the defensive rookie of the year who lead the NFL in tackles.

  24. rugbyisbetter says: Jan 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    Castillo is great O-Line hire. He could be a good Defensive Coordinator someday. His first season as DC wasn’t very good, but then again it was a lockout year with a first time DC…

    This year, at the beginning when he was fired, the Defense was not the biggest problem, Turnover Mike Vick and the offense were horrible. The defense became swiss cheese after Castillo left.

    But its good that hes going back to what made him a good coach to begin with. I am glad both of these coaches are out of the NFC.

    What I want to see is who will Andy take as his QB? Is he even on the roster?

  25. granadafan says: Jan 4, 2013 4:10 PM

    Reid was dumb enough to put an OL coach as DEFENSIVE Coordinator in the first place. What’s next, converting wide receivers to DBs?

  26. Simon says: Jan 4, 2013 10:30 PM

    Love Juan. Good person and a tireless worker. He truly believes hardwork and dedication will get you ahead in this life. I just hope Andy doesn’t try to make him into something he isn’t a few years down the road.

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