Harbaugh says Castillo had other options

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Juan Castillo, the long-time offensive line coach in Philadelphia who lasted less than two years as the defensive coordinator, secured an unexpected shot at a Super Bowl ring by joining former Philly colleague John Harbaugh in Baltimore.

Castillo, a consultant for now, will coordinate the team’s running game next season.

“He’ll be kind of a lead coach in terms of the run game and organizing the run game for us,” John Harbaugh said Saturday, via the team’s official website. “Of course, he’ll work closely with [offensive coordinator] Jim [Caldwell] and all the coaches.”

Harbaugh is happy to have Castillo.  “I had a chance to work with him for 10 years in Philadelphia, so I know this man very well, know his family.  He is a very good person,” Harbaugh said.

And Castillo’s a good enough coach to have had other options for future employment.

“He had lots of opportunities, I can tell you that, on both sides of the ball to be a lot of different things because that’s the kind of coach he is,” Harbaugh said. “It ranges from assistant head coach, an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator and those things are all things that to a coach of his caliber, those were opportunities that he had, and he chose to come here.”

Harbaugh, who didn’t specify the other options Castillo had, said the goal in hiring Castillo is to keep trying to get better, something the Ravens consistently have been doing during Harbaugh’s five years as head coach.

15 responses to “Harbaugh says Castillo had other options

  1. Not sure if you were being serious, but I would hardly consider Castillo qualified to get a ring for a little over a week’s work.

    I would hope if they would offer him one, he would say “no thanks, I rather earn one next year”.

  2. Is it possible for NFL teams to have too many assistant coaches and coordinators? Keep it simple, Stupid!!!

  3. Moving Juan Castillo to Defensive Coordinator after 10 years as O-Line coach was the straw that broke the camel’s back and ultimately led to Andy Reid’s firing. That move set the Eagles back years, and I still can’t believe that Reid made the move and actually thought that it would be successful, and I still can’t believe that Jeffrey Lurie allowed him to to do it. I am so glad that Reid will be performing his Mad Scientist experiments somewhere besides Philly for now on.

  4. Other opportunities? I hear Andy Reid wanted to hire him to run the defense, be GM, and color analyst on the hometown broadcast simultaneously.

  5. Sooooo…no one complaining about this like they did about the Pats adding McDaniels during the playoffs last year? Interesting.

  6. Juan is a class act and lives what he preaches – hard work and perseverance leads to success. He pestered Ray Rhoades and Gruden until they hired him. He drove to Green Bay and slept in his car to ask Andy for a job. He worked with his offensive lineman before and after practices. And I’m sure he’ll give everything he’s got to make the running game better in Baltimore. I hope he does get a ring.

  7. I met him before he became DC in Philly and he is a rock solid guy. Not too busy to talk to some fans at training camp. He was talking with us, while shouting at his players about 200 feet away to get the play right and make him look good. (sarcastically, PFT commenters can’t read sarcasm I think)

    Super nice guy, players loved him. Great coach, he did a decent job with that defense and I could always see why Andy hired him for that role. He has a little bit of JJ in him.

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