Is There a Divide in the Eagles Front Office?
Losing is never fun. It's frustrates fans, it causes them sometimes to act irrational. The good thing about most sports is you can get right back out there and forget out about your loss.
Football is different. Those losses stay with you for a week, and for the Eagles this week, the loss to the Lions has remained two weeks, since the Birds are coming off a bye.
It's bad enough when you have to wait a week to see your team improve, but Eagles fans will have to wait an extra week after their loss to the Lions.
And when your team losses, the media starts to publicize the teams warts and fans begin to call sports-talk radio shows and express their disappointing with the players and coaching decisions.
This past week, the media and fans calling became to much and the Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Since then, people around NFL circles have weighed in including this from http://www.profootballweekly.com:
“(Eagles defensive coordinator) Todd Bowles has an opportunity to turn (the defense) around. The problem with Juan Castillo was that he wanted to coach everybody, and he was not qualified to coach anyone. Just because you coach offensive line does not mean you know how to coach defense. It was only a matter of time before it was going to blow up. The owner (Jeffrey Lurie) was never on board with (the hire). It was the right move and overdue.”
But his football team is still in tremendous shape despite that loss and the firing.
They still have a very good secondary that for three quarters shut down a Detroit offense that features two of the best in the game with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. They still have a powerful force at running back. They still have a quarterback with a strong arm, quick feet and a flare for the late game comeback.
That team was built to win now and owner Jeffery Lurie expects them to win now. But to win now, the entire team, top-to-bottom needs to be on the same page. According to this http://www.profootballweekly.com report, that might be in question.
“The front-office situation in Philadelphia is not a good one. Scouts are not allowed to talk to coaches during training camp. You’re talking about some scouts who have known the coaches for years. Coaches coach, scouts scout and that’s the way it is. It’s not a happy environment. It’s a divisive, paranoid place, and it’s hard to grow and jell as a team in that type of setting. That’s the result of hiring a very insecure GM who does not know football.”
Current and former players always tell me this is the best organization they have ever been a part of, all the sudden it that perception changing?
The two previous quotes came from from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity according to http://www.profootballweekly.com.
Losing stinks. It's even worse when someone losses their job because of it, but maybe it will finally get this group of under achieving Eagles a lift.
There is no reason to panic - yet.
Does anyone come away from the loss against Detroit thinking the Eagles can't make the playoffs?
I sure don't.
But to turn this thing around and make a Super Bowl run, the Eagles must have everyone on the same page, and that includes scouts, coaches, players, GM and owner.
Castillo was the fall guy, lets hope he didn't lose his job for no apparent reason.