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Former Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo sat down to talk about his dismissal, getting emotional at times.
Recently-fired Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo is speaking publicly with the media about losing his job with the organization. The offensive line coach turned defensive coordinator was fired by Andy Reid on Tuesday, and replaced with Todd Bowles. It was the first time Reid had ever let go of a coach in the middle of the season during his 14-year tenure with the Eagles. Castillo began his career with the Eagles in 1995, and was offensive line coach from 1998 through 2010.
Castillo doesn't exactly point fingers or blast anyone in the Eagles organization, but rather expresses his frustration with not seizing the opportunity at defensive coordinator and following through to get the job done. He spoke with Vai Sikahema (video below) about his removal in the middle of the season:
"The opportunity. And not taking advantage of the opportunity and making it happen for my family, for Coach Reid, for the city and for our guys. That's what a warrior does. We talk about that all the time. There are no excuses, man. You get it done."
Castillo gets emotional talking about his firing, and it's hard not to feel bad for the man who has spent a majority of his life in coaching. Video of the interview: