Understanding the situation around Eagles coach Andy Reid and his decision today

Eagles coach Andy Reid and former DC Juan Castillo… in happier times (Associated Press)

Eagles coach Andy Reid made a surprise(ish) move today, firing embattled defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Sure, the offense has its issues, with QB Michael Vick and his fumbles and inconsistency. But Reid made the call that a defense that’s 12th in yards and 13th in points allowed was the issue.

What does this mean for the Eagles? It’s kinda like I wrote last month about the Eagles situation. Reid gets his standing.

I spoke with a high-ranking Philly source recently who made two distinct points that provide clarity.

1. Reid is being truthful when he said it was his decision to fire Castillo, one he made last night. He is the head coach, it’s his show, and he is in charge. That’s the way the ownership wants it. In fact, owner Jeffrey Lurie believes if he were to get involved and start dictating, that’s where it all comes apart. They trust Reid to make decisions like this, and support any such moves. However, at the end of the year, you have a real evaluation of what your coach has done. That’s what the decision will be based on. If you start meddling now, you don’t have a real read on Reid.

2. The sense of urgency is real. Reid has spoken to that, Lurie has said it publicly, but it is very real. Mediocrity won’t be good enough to save Reid’s job, as Lurie said earlier in the offseason. Missing the playoffs will be it. So, this isn’t breaking news. But it is important. It’s what drives every decision. Was it a panic move, to fire Castillo? I don’t think so. Was it a move that shows Reid knows he must win or else? Absolutely.

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