Andy Reid Flatly Denies Reportedly Being Asked To Fire Juan Castillo by Matt Lombardo

Despite reports that Andy Reid was told to fire Juan Castillo in order to save his own job next season, the Head Coach says that conversation never took place. 

Reports surfaced early this week that the Eagles front office approached Andy Reid with a mandate to fire defensive coordinator Juan Castillo in order to secure that he would return as the Head Coach in 2012. On Wednesday at the Novacare Complex, Reid was asked about the report and adamantly denied such a conversation took place.

“Nobody has approached me on it,” Reid said. “My mind is to continue to get better as coaches and players. My mind goes no further than that. That’s where I’m at. We’re right in the middle of this thing and we have to continue to get better; that’s what we have to do.”

Castillo is in his first season as defensive coordinator after spending the previous 12 as the team’s offensive line coach. Reid promoted the team’s longest tenured assistant to the top job defensively during the offseason.

The Eagles defense ranks 17th in the NFL in total defense, and 17th against the rush allowing an average of 115 yards per game.

Reid also pointed out that despite several conversations with owner Jeffery Lurie and the front office, that he does not feel any extra pressure or question about his job security.

The Eagles take on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium, both teams entering at 4-8.


Matt Lombardo is the Lead Writer for Taking It To The House. Matt is also the  Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter and a host for 97.3 ESPN in Atlantic City, NJ. Matt can be reached on Twitter @MattLombardoPHL or by Email


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