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Andy Reid: I don’t regret making Juan Castillo defensive coordinator


In a conversation with the Philadelphia media after he was officially named the Chiefs’ head coach, Andy Reid reflected on his long tenure coaching the Eagles without criticizing anyone — and without expressing regret for his most controversial decision.

Cautiously avoiding doling out blame for his final two disappointing seasons, Reid said that the decision to move offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator before the 2011 season may not have worked out, but that doesn’t mean he was wrong to try it.

I don’t regret that decision at all,” Reid said of promoting Castillo, via

Maybe Reid is speaking as someone who tries to view every decision that fails as a learning experience, and therefore doesn’t feel any regrets over any decisions he made. But the reality is that Reid’s decision to move Castillo from offense to defense didn’t work, and when Reid fired Castillo during the 2012 season, he was acknowledging that he made the wrong call.

Nevertheless, Reid still respects Castillo and is expected to offer him a job on the Chiefs’ coaching staff. Reid may say he has no regrets about making Castillo his defensive coordinator, but it should go without saying that the job Reid gives Castillo in Kansas City will be coaching offense.

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28 Responses to “Andy Reid: I don’t regret making Juan Castillo defensive coordinator”
  1. 49erstim says: Jan 8, 2013 11:00 AM

    He shouldn’t regret it. As the HC it was his call to make. He rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes. It happens. And eventually Reid paid the price for the decision. Time to move on. How many more times are we going to rehash Andy Reid’s failures in Philly? There are still 8 football teams competing for the title yet we are constantly inundated with stories about Andy Reid and the Eagles and their horrible year.

  2. mustbechris says: Jan 8, 2013 11:01 AM

    coaching offense, aka offensive coordinator in reidspeak

  3. kdub79 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:03 AM

    Did he mention any regret for firing Juan in favor of Todd Bowles? Seems like that would be more regrettable as they got gashed in just about every game after Juan got canned.

  4. dennisund says: Jan 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    I wouldn’t expect Andy to say anything differently…maybe KC will be more accepting of non-answers and lying than Philly was.

  5. tannethrill says: Jan 8, 2013 11:18 AM

    For me it kind of made sense to take a shot with Castillo on D. It’s an outside the box idea that someone with extensive offensive knowledge could use that knowledge to lead a D.

    Just didn’t work for whatever reason. I doubt hiring a defensive minded guy would have yielded much of a different result. If anything it was the scheme that failed them.

  6. jianningwu says: Jan 8, 2013 11:20 AM

    > How many more times are we going to rehash Andy Reid’s failures in Philly?

    For as long as you (and apparently, I) click on the story to read about it.

  7. mojosmagic says: Jan 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    And that in a nutshell is the problem with Coach Reid. Stubborn doesn’t begin to describe this man.

  8. dscol715 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    They should have asked him if he regrets hiring Jim “Wide 9” Washburn to coach the defensive line. Or signing Nnahmdi. I bet the answer would have been different. Juan never had a chance.

  9. jabostick says: Jan 8, 2013 11:30 AM

    The highly touted up and comer Todd Bowles proved the Castillo experiment was regrettable. Oh, wait, the Philly D was horrendous under Bowles and much worse than it was under Castillo.

    Granted, Reid should’ve took a more graduated approach with Castillo but, by all accounts, Castillo was the hardest worker in the building.

    Castillo lacked talent at Safety (and LB in 2011) and lacked effort at cornerback. The problem on defense wasn’t Castillo. He just made for an easy target.

  10. bricktop02 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:32 AM

    Hey KC times yours.

  11. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    Reid’s biggest mistake was hiring Jim Washburn and his gimmicky wide 9 D line alignment before he had hired a defensive coordinator. With Washburn on the team, no legitimate defensive coordinator would take the job. Castillo was the fifth choice. So of course Reid has no regrets about Castillo.

    The real question that should be asked is if he regrets hiring Washburn. But sports journalists rarely ask pertinent questions.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 8, 2013 11:40 AM


  13. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 8, 2013 11:53 AM

    If someone doesn’t regret their mistakes, they’re likely to keep making them.

  14. BringBackTheFlex says: Jan 8, 2013 12:09 PM

    Does anyone believe Reid anymore?

  15. andyreidisthegoat says: Jan 8, 2013 12:12 PM

    In a related story, Andy also said he hates food.

  16. greysolon says: Jan 8, 2013 12:15 PM

    Funny to think of Chief’s Fan trying to figure out if hiring Andy Reid is a good move or not.

  17. kcflake says: Jan 8, 2013 12:20 PM

    Andy Reid will lead the Chiefs to the playoffs within 2 seasons. We are HAPPY to have Andy Reid as our head Coach. Welcome to KC Andy.

  18. wwwfugu says: Jan 8, 2013 12:23 PM

    Neither do I.

  19. lippy4246 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:49 PM

    Reid doesn’t regret going with Castillo because Coach Castillo is loyal to Reid and would jump through hoops for him. He should regret hiring Howard Mudd and Jim Washburn. Neither coach was spectacular for the Eagles and Washburn was a an embarrasment. Castillo will be rewarded for his loyalty with a new job (one he is better suited for).

  20. crubenst says: Jan 8, 2013 12:49 PM

    “Just didn’t work for whatever reason. I doubt hiring a defensive minded guy would have yielded much of a different result. If anything it was the scheme that failed them.”


    Who do you think exactly is responsible for “the scheme?”

  21. 49erstim says: Jan 8, 2013 1:03 PM

    @jianningwu….. Touche! Lol. 🙂

  22. snowpea84 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:23 PM

    Saying that moving Castillo to defense didn’t work is being very simple about the matter. Its almost as if people are treating it as if he was making a good defense mediocre, instead of what proved to be the case, he made a bad defense look mediocre. In my eyes, he did a good job with what he had to work with. It’s not his fault everyone else over valued what he had to work with.

  23. sdonn61 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:35 PM

    Reid it was a mistake making Castillo def coordinator man up admit it best of luck to kc were glad he’s gone Philly fan

  24. rollore says: Jan 8, 2013 1:53 PM

    Believe it or not, Castillo’s also in running for DC jobs from several sources out there spoken by Derrick Gunn, who’s in KC and interviewed Reid, who told him he offered him the OL coaching position, but hasn’t decided on Reid’s offer yet.

  25. philahitman says: Jan 8, 2013 2:23 PM

    Im glad this guys not our problem anymore.

  26. steelerben says: Jan 8, 2013 2:31 PM

    Castillo was doing a decent job with that defense. The first season preparation was shortened by the lockout, but by the end of the year, the unit was gelling. The first half of the past season the defense was fairly solid considering the bad positions that turnover prone offense kept putting them in. Take a look at how they looked once Bowles (a defensive minded guy) took over. They went straight down the tubes.

    He wouldn’t be the first guy ever to switch sides of the ball.

  27. listenupcupcake says: Jan 8, 2013 3:10 PM

    The decision Andy should regret was abruptly canning Castillo in mid-season; that stank of disloyalty and desperation.

    After taking most of his first year to adjust, Castillo was the 2nd best DC the Eagles ever had under Reid, after Jim Johnson. No reason for Reid to regret it. Juan is a class act, and he’ll be a success wherever he goes.

  28. sixjak says: Jan 8, 2013 4:44 PM

    mojosmagic says:
    Jan 8, 2013 11:26 AM
    And that in a nutshell is the problem with Coach Reid. Stubborn doesn’t begin to describe this man.


    Yeah like you really know the guy. An NFL coach worth his salt isn’t going to change his mind at the drop of a hat just because there is criticism from fans and media. How often is the media right? Thot so.

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