Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/16/12
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The firing of Juan Castillo is the first of what many believe will be several changes made to the Philadelphia Eagles. Head coach Andy Reid said at his press conference addressing the personnel change Tuesday, “I’m going through and evaluating our football team, both coaches and players. This is one of the moves. We’ll see where this goes from here.”The Eagles have a bye this week and will come into Week 9 having to face the only unbeaten team remaining in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons.  While the firing of Castillo and replacing him with Todd Bowles will clean up some issues on defense, it won’t address any of the major issues on offense. The offensive line is still a huge weak point for the Eagles, and the turnovers produced by Michael Vick have not gone away.The question is what other moves might Reid make? Many fans are speculating with Vick’s inability to keep possession of the ball he may be benched in favor of Nick Foles.A bye week would give Nick Foles and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg time to prepare. Reid’s answer to whether he will stick with Vick is less than convincing, “Today, I am.” This was a similar sentiment he said about Castillo only yesterday. When he was asked on Monday the question of whether Castillo would continue to make the defensive calls in the games he responded, “As I’m standing here right now.”A switch to Nick Foles will not address the offensive line issues. As any quarterback put in for the Eagles will find themselves most likely on the turf early and often. This is a main reason many people were scratching their heads over the Castillo firing, the offensive line is way more of an issue than the defense. Firing Castillo was the easy move, but not the most important issue to be addressed. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for the Eagles offensive line.Even if Reid makes drastic changes during the bye week, he still is under a lot of scrutiny himself. Many feel Reid needs to take more responsibility himself and not scapegoat his other coaches. His critics include hiss former cornerback Asante Samuel. Samuel, now playing for the Eagles Week 8 opponent Atlanta Falcons, took to his twitter account to respond to the firing of Castillo. He tweeted, “Sometimes you have to blame yourself. You can’t try and always point the figure at someone else.”
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