Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 8/22/12

Todd Bowles, former Assistant and Interim Head Coach for the Miami Dolphins took a job as the Eagles defensive backs coach this offseason. Is he here to keep Juan Castillo from failing?

Bashing Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles was en vogue last year, and you could say it was for good reason. I remember questioning the move when it was made. How do you take an offensive line coach and turn him into a defensive coordinator at the NFL level?

That’s what happened, and the story is tired and well chronicled by now.

One of the moves that for the casual Eagles fan may have flown under the radar this offseason was the hiring of defensive backs coach Todd Bowles. Bowles is a Temple University product who spent his playing days mostly with the Washington Redskins as a safety.

Bowles was an assistant head coach and secondary coach with Miami Dolphins for 4 years, and when the Dolphins booted Tony Sparano last year, it was Bowles who was given the interim head coach job. Bowles also coached for the NY Jets, Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys. Bowles was also a defensive coordinator for Morehouse College and Grambling State.

After watching the Eagles first defensive unit on Monday night, all the questions and concerns about the Eagles defense only intensified. The defense once again couldn’t stop third down plays, gave up big gains and committed stupid penalty after stupid penalty. Only after an Andy Reid/Cullen Jenkins shouting match on the sidelines early in the second quarter, did things finally settle down on D.

Juan Castillo, former Offensive Line coach for the Eagles was made the Defensive Coordinator last year.

I said after the Eagles first preseason game against Pittsburgh that the D looked strikingly similar to the way it looked early in the season last year – in other words, inept.

There is a reason why the Philadelphia Eagles felt compelled to bring Todd Bowles, former NFL head coach (even if it was only interim) and a former Defensive coordinator (even if it was only college) into the fray.

If Juan Castillo can’t make the adjustments necessary and get this very talented and underperforming defense going, I would not be shocked to find that Todd Bowles would be taking over as D Coordinator. It may never even be a move that we hear of or is made public. Bowles may never publicly get that title, but there is a reason he is here, and that reason, in my mind, is insurance if Juan Castillo fails again.

After two bad preseason games, there may be a claim in on that insurance policy very soon.

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