(NEW YORK) — After a season of disappointment, the Philadelphia Eagles, for the most part, will not be making any changes to the coaching staff on both sides of the ball. According to CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank, the team will retain defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, and will hire for Miami Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles as their new secondary coach.
Castillo will return to the Eagles coaching staff for his 17th season; just his second as defensive coordinator. Last offseason, Eagles head coach Andy Reid hired Castillo to become the team’s new defensive coordinator, even though he had spent the previous 13 seasons as the team’s offensive line coach. Before the start of last season, the last time Castillo had coached defense was the at the high school level during the 1980’s.
Because of the lockout, a large number off roster additions, and Castillo’s inexperience, the Eagles defense struggled mightily for most of the season. The defense though, did improve towards the final month of the season, giving up a total of 46 points during the last four games. Surprisingly, Castillo’s defense ranked eighth overall in the NFL.
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