|Does Reid stay around if he dumps Castillo -- the guy he hired in the offseason? (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
The Eagles are the most disappointing team of 2011. This is not up for debate. In August, they were the dream team. Now, 13 weeks into the season and sitting at 4-8, they're a nightmare. It's gotten so bad that head coach Andy Reid, who has won 60 percent of the time during his 13 years in Philly, could be out of work in January.
One way Reid could save his job: a league source tells ProFootballTalk.com that Reid will need to dump defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. (Also known as the former long-time Eagles offensive assistant and the guy Reid inexplicably hired to replace Sean McDermott as the team's defensive coordinator.)
"Reid’s future will hinge on his willingness to admit that it was a mistake to shift Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator," PFT.com's Mike Florio writes. "If Reid concedes that he erred, and rectifies the blunder by firing Castillo, Reid will stay. If he refuses, Reid will be gone. "It’s an easy way for Reid to get out with a buyout, if he chooses to dig in his heels. And we’ve seen other head coaches refuse to fire assistants, setting the stage for a termination."
It's an amazing turn of events for Reid, whose team looked primed for a deep playoff run just three months ago. Now, with key players injured (Michael Vick, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jeremy Maclin) or underperforming, and the defense getting outplayed on a weekly basis, the Eagles are in last place in the division behind the hapless Redskins.
It could be worse, however; Reid could be Norv Turner.
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