The change of season has brought about some early changes in the NFL. The Eagles today fired their defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, and Mike Holmgren has been let go as President/CEO/GM in Cleveland.
Juan Castillo, who was the offensive line coach two years ago, was mysteriously named defensive coordinator before last season in Philadelphia. Just the fact that you would change coordinators during a lock out was a little questionable, since the time you were going to have to install your new defense was going to be limited. The fact that the coach had never coached defense was even more questionable. The Eagles were awful on defense last year, and wasted an explosive offense. This year the Eagles are minus 22 in scoring ratio, and are allowing 5.1 yards per play. For a team that has won 3 games by less than two points…this is not good. Not sure who made the decision to make Juan a defensive coordinator, but now he is unemployed.
Mike Holmgren had a five year plan when he got to Cleveland, and four years later it took them till week 6 to win their first game. With a new owner in Cleveland confirmed by the NFL today, his plan obviously didn’t include Holmgren.