Castillo Says Reid Works 22 Hour Days, Hard Work Will Turn Season Around
Juan Castillo was quick to defend head coach Andy Reid and emphasize the hard work of the coaches and players, but offered little in the way of explanation for the defense's issues.
NOVACARE COMPLEX, PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — It’s reaching the point in the season where, at 3-6, Eagles coaches are running out of things to say. Giving up is not in the job description, but trying to explain how their 3-6 start can be turned around is getting increasingly exasperating for Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo.
Castillo, the Eagles defensive coordinator, opened his press conference by avoiding the stairs and taking one energetic step up onto the stage in front of the media. He closed it by tensing up and leaning into the microphone for added emphasis when asked about Reid’s job status perhaps being linked to his offseason decision to promote Castillo to defensive coordinator from offensive line coach.
“Here’s what I know, is that in life, is you work hard, and you work hard and you outwork people,” Castillo said. ”Usually when you do that, good things end up happening, sometimes later than sooner. But if you just outwork people and do things the right way, like Coach Reid has done here and the way he’s taught me, which is work hard, believe in all your players, never talk about your players, work your fundamentals and you know what? Hey, you know what? Nine out of 12 years going to the playoffs is not a bad thing.”
“So it’s not over yet, you know, we’re working our ass off, excuse me,” Castillo continued. “The players are doing it, the coaches are doing it and you talk about Coach Reid? Let me tell you. That man works 20, 21 hours a day. Sometimes 22 hours a day. That’s what we’re all doing right now to try to get this going, because you know what? The fans don’t like it and the organization don’t like where we’re at, but more than anything we don’t like where we’re at. Our players don’t like that.”
Castillo went on to emphasize that the Eagles have had success in the past by working hard and practicing their fundamentals. His defense ranks 13th overall, 11th against the pass and 17th against the run. The Eagles are 19th in scoring defense. Those rankings aren’t awful, but the Birds have also blown five fourth quarter leads. For that, Castillo has no real answer.
“You know, that’s something that, you know what, you know, the guys work hard,” Castillo said. “Everybody’s working hard, you know we’re working on the fundamentals and then you have to believe that things will change, just like they did a few weeks ago. We have to believe in those fundamentals, that’s what we’ve always done here and we’ve always been able to come out of this.”
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