With the monumental defensive collapse against the Detroit Lions, and fans calling for changes, the Philadelphia Eagles organization fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and promoted defensive backs coach Todd Bowles to the position. This season has been a tumult of high and low points for the 3-3 Eagles, whose lackluster performance has had fans calling for massive changes within the administration and on the coaching staff.
So, Juan Castillo has become the scapegoat of all the mounting frustration and Todd Bowles has been thrust into the difficult job of defensive coordinator. Bowles does have experience coaching defensive as he was promoted from the defensive backs coach, which is one thing that will give him an advantage; Castillo, on the other hand, was promoted from the offensive line job. His experience coaching defense will allow him to deliver the important, in-game decisions that Castillo failed to make.
Since he has worked with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, he will hopefully be able to make the necessary adjustments in the secondary in late-game situations as well, using those two talented corners to their maximum potential. During the past offseason, his first with the team, he improved the secondary a lot, so it can be interpreted that he can work similar wonders with the rest of the defense.
Todd Bowles played college football for Temple University and then played for eight seasons in the NFL, where he won a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins. He has been the defensive backs coach for numerous teams, and he also took over the Miami Dolphins’ head coaching job after Tony Sparano was fired; he compiled a 2-1 record. So, Todd Bowles certainly has the ability to get the Eagles defense back on track, and over the bye week he will try to get himself acclimated to the job as well as practicing and focusing on the things that will help the Eagles win battles on the defensive side of the ball.
He appears to be the best choice for the interim defensive coordinator and with his credentials, fans will be looking for nothing but brilliance from his squad for the remainder of the season. However, the late Jim Johnson seems to be irreplaceable so Todd Bowles will have to work even harder with the Eagles defensive to try and get them back on track to help the offense generate points by forcing three-and-outs and creating takeaways. We will see if Todd Bowles can show he is the right man for the job in the final 10 games or if the Eagles will have to scour the league in search of yet another defensive coordinator.