CINCINNATI - Eagles fans and media that cover the team were equally perplexedwhen Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid named Juan Castillo his newdefensive coordinator last Friday. Not that they don't think highlyof him. They'd come to know Juan as their long time offensive linecoach. That’s right, "offensive line coach."
Being moved to the other side of the ball where he hadn'tcoached since 1989 at a Texas high school will require someadjustment.
Ironically the intractability Mike Brown is exhibiting relativeto Carson Palmer might have led to Castillo being reincarnated as adefensive specialist.
Sources say that the Eagles identified and asked to interview aman with an extensive defensive background including years as acoordinator at Fresno State, Maryland and Syracuse. With 10season's of NFL experience as an assistant.
But because he is under contract, the owner of that coach'scurrent team wouldn’t grant the Eagles permission to contacthim about the vacancy.
That owner I'm told, is Bengals President Mike Brown. Sourcesindicate the assistant in question is defensive backs Coach KevinCoyle.
The NFL policy in such cases only applies when an assistant isbeing considered for a head coaching job, not a coordinator'sposition. But historically teams abide an unspoken etiquette thateven if he is under contract, they won't stand in the way of a manbettering his situation.
Mike Brown is an unstintingly polite man, but some rudiments ofetiquette obviously escape him. Ask Carson Palmer. And now KevinCoyle.