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Never one to shy away from verbal jousting, Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel on Tuesday spiced up the subplot for the Falcons meeting at Philadelphia, his former team, on Oct. 21, with Twitter posts in response to the Eagles firing of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
After the Eagles traded the four-time Pro-Bowler in the offseason for a seventh-round pick, Samuel took exception to comments written in a blog post on the website of The Philadelphia Inquirer that said Eagles coach Andy Reid believed Samuels skills were in steep decline.
Perhaps emboldened by an interception that he returned 79 yards for a touchdown in the Falcons 23-20 win over Oakland Sunday, Samuel used his verified Twitter account (pick_six22) to point a few zingers in Reids direction: Im just saying... Aint no decline over here and Sometimes you have to blame yourself. You cant try and always point the figure sic at someone else.
This will be the fourth meeting in four seasons between the two NFC opponents with the Eagles winning handily in 2009 and 10 and the Falcons earning a wild victory last season in which they knocked Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick from the game.
Ever since Vick, the former Falcons star whose 04-05 Atlanta team lost in the NFC Championship game at Philadelphia, went to play for Philadelphia in 2009 following his release from federal prison on dogfighting charges, the matchup has taken on the feeling of a rivalry.
After Sundays win over the Raiders, Samuel began to ratchet up the talk for the Eagles game, which will come after both teams finish their bye weeks.
Philly, they love me, he said. Theyre going to scream when I come out that tunnel. Philly, yall better scream when I come out that tunnel.
The Eagles (3-3) are badly in need of a win against the NFL-leading Falcons (6-0).
This week, Reid fired his defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and has continued to evaluate the quarterback position. Vick has struggled throwing eight interceptions to eight touchdowns and nine fumbles, including five lost.
Including the regular season and playoffs, Samuel has 10 interceptions returned for a touchdown, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2003. He has 46 career interceptions, including the one this season.
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Those that expected fired Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo to step to the microphone and call the team and it’s coach Andy Reid out, are going to be deeply disappointed.
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In what could prove to be a butt-saving moving Andy Reid has fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
In a media statement that was released to Players View on Monday, Reid refuted the idea that Castillo was out the door.
“That’s the way I’m looking at it right now,” Reid said. “That’s the way I’m looking at it as I stand right here.”
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Asante Samuel must be having himself a good laugh over the current panic in Philadelphia.
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“I can understand their frustration, absolutely. I clearly understand that. I feel the frustration. I mean, I understand. I’ve got it. My job and responsibility is to get it better; not only for them but for this football team, to get it better. They have my word that I’m going to do that. I’m going to get it right.”These were Andy Reid’s words on Monday when asked if...
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Photo: Clem MurrayPhiladelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo ultimately became a victim of his own ambition. Because of his desire to advance up the coaching ladder, he desperately wanted a shot at being Andy Reid’s defensive coordinator.Once Reid fired Sean McDermott after the 2010 season, Castillo started putting a bug in Andy’s ear about taking over the defensive...
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Asante Samuel blasts Andy Reid on Twitter
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Eagles: 31st ranked scoring offense. 13th ranked scoring defense. So they fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo (a former offensive line coach).
It sounds like former Eagles CB Asante Samuel blames Andy Reid for the team’s failures.
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It would not be surprising to come across the news that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has taken off to an exotic island to clear his head during the team’s bye week.After losing what should have been a runaway game to the Detroit Lions, a large section of the Eagles fanbase have become pretty resolute in the theory that they want to see what backup quarterback Nick Foles can...
The Philadelphia Eagles are once again underachieving, and we now have the season's first casualty.
The Eagles announced Tuesday that defensive coordinator Juan Castillo has been dismissed from his duties. Todd Bowles, who had been serving as the team's secondary coach, has been named the new defensive coodinator.
The move is somewhat surprising, as Castillo...