Juan Castillo was overcome with emotion Monday when asked to talk about his time in Philadelphia.
The former defensive coordinator, relieved of his duties this week in favor of Todd Bowles, talked to Vai Sikahema of NBC 10 on Tuesday. Sikahema asked Castillo what he will think about when he reflects on his career with the Eagles.
“The opportunity,” said a shaken Castillo, as heard on 97.5 The Fanatic. “And not taking advantage of the opportunity and making it happen for my family, for Coach Reid, for the city and for our guys. That’s what a warrior does. We talk about that all the time. There are no excuses, man. You get it done.”
Castillo first started coaching for the Eagles back in 1995 as an offensive assistant. He was the offensive line coach from 1998-2010 before Andy Reid made the shocking move of promoting Castillo to defensive coordinator. Reid said firing his longtime friend was one of the most difficult things he’s ever had to do as a head coach.
“I think the world of him. I feel full responsibility for putting him in this position,” said Reid. “I know the kind of person he is. I know that he cares for me likewise. But again, in these types of situations, he understands that you’ve got to put those things aside. I’ve got to be as real as I possibly can. I’m dealing with a lot of men in here. And I’m dealing with an organization, a city, and you guys are all part of that so I try to be as real as I can and as honest as I can with it.”
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