Intense. Loyal. Workaholic.
If a corporate branding company were brought in to work on Juan Castillo’s image, those would be the core values used. The problem is, the NFL isn’t Corporate America, and those ideals won’t keep the offensive line guru employed as a defensive coordinator very long.
Castillo is in the midst of one of the worst defensive stretches in recent Eagles history. To call this a historically bad time in franchise history is borderline understatement of the decade.
Yet, Castillo continues to sugarcoat the issues and it’s time he let his high-intensity personality boil over and get in some guys faces and send a message. This was never more evident than after Juqua Parker’s boneheaded offsides penalty that ended the Eagles chances for a comeback against the Bills on Sunday.
Said Castillo after the game:
“It hurts, but talk about [Parker] being a warrior. They didn’t even know he was going to be able to play today,” said defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. “He came out, and he’s a warrior, you know. One play doesn’t lose a game. I have to do a better job in the first half.”
Look, Parker is a good guy by all accounts and, yes, you have to like the fact that he plays hurt. Still, there is zero excuse — NONE — for an 11-year veteran to jump offsides in that situation. The entire Western Hemisphere knew the Bills were trying to get the Eagles to jump. And, Parker fell for it.
Parker insisted that he thought the Bills were going to try to run a play on 4th-and-inches. Maybe he really did believe that. Still, you can’t jump offside on that play. Ever.
Castillo should simply answer the question and not talk up the “positives” about a guy who just screwed up royally.
Do the Eagles win if the get the ball back? Is this loss solely on Parker?
Clearly not. But, he sure as hell didn’t help. And, for that, it’s OK for Castillo to focus on what to do better. These guys who aren’t executing are going to have him on the unemployment line sooner than later.