When Juan Castillo was fired as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator during the season, you could have won some good money betting that he’d be at the Super Bowl as anything other than a spectator.
Castillo is there with the Ravens in a consulting role that he started last week as a precursor to a job coordinating the running game in Baltimore next season. Since Castillo’s in New Orleans, he’s been part of the media scrum and answering questions about his improbable year. Castillo said his Ravens job wouldn’t be too different than the offensive line coaching duties he did for many years before Andy Reid made the decision to put him in charge of the defense in 2011.
It was a decision set up for heavy criticism and that’s just what Reid and Castillo got when the Eagles defense struggled the last two years. Castillo was offered a spot on Reid’s staff in Kansas City, but he opted to pass on that and other offers to work for former Eagles assistant John Harbaugh in Baltimore.
“I think it’s just better for me and Coach,” Castillo said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “One day I’ll come back to him.”
Castillo expressed his closeness for Reid again when he was asked if he felt vindicated by the fact that the Eagles defense actually got worse right after his departure. Castillo said that was far from the case.
“What was hard was that I wasn’t there to help somebody that I respect and love fight for his job,” Castillo said.
Castillo will be helping the Ravens this Sunday, giving him the chance to put a happy ending on what wasn’t the happiest of seasons.