The Philadelphia Eagles hired former Miami Dolphins head coach
Todd Bowles as defensive backs coach Monday, and will stick with
Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bowles, 48, coached the final three games of the season for the
Dolphins on an interim basis, going 2-1 after the firing of Tony
Sparano. He interviewed to become Miami’s permanent head coach
before the team chose Joe Philbin for the job.
Bowles has been a secondary coach in the NFL going back to 2000
and was serving in that capacity under Sparano this past season
before his promotion.
Meanwhile, the much-maligned Castillo had a rough first season
as Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator, with fans calling for his
firing throughout the Eagles’ disappointing 8-8 season.
Head coach Andy Reid took heavy criticism for the unconventional
hiring, since Castillo was serving as Philadelphia’s offensive line
coach for more than a decade and did not have any noteworthy
experience coaching defense.
Under Castillo, the Eagles’ defense struggled mightily in the
first half of the season, but improved down the stretch to finish
eighth in yards allowed.