Remember that Pro Football Talk report that Andy Reid had to fire Juan Castillo to save his own job?

I do.  Here it is.

Per a league source, Reid’s future will hinge on his willingness to admit that it was a mistake to shift Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator.  If Reid concedes that he erred, and rectifies the blunder by firing Castillo, Reid will stay.  If he refuses, Reid will be gone.

It’s an easy way for Reid to get out with a buyout, if he chooses to dig in his heels.  And we’ve seen other head coaches refuse to fire assistants, setting the stage for a termination.

And so that’s the ultimate question in Philly.  If Castillo isn’t fired by Reid, both will be fired by owner Jeffrey Lurie.

Of course, Reid can save some face by not completing firing Castillo.  Instead, Reid can move Castillo back to the job of offensive line coach, and either keep Howard Mudd as a consultant or nudge Mudd back into retirement.

When that report broke, naturally the Philly media was all over it and asked Reid if the report was true.  Reid flatly denied it.

PFT then defended their initial report:

Someone (insert whistling noises here) reported over the weekend that Eagles coach Andy Reid eventually will face a dilemma that will determine his future in Philly:  fire defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, or be fired.

Reid, according to various Twitter feeds and the eventual transcript the team will disseminate, said that he hasn’t been approached by anyone in the front office with that ultimatum.

But the report wasn’t and isn’t that Reid already has been told that, four weeks from now, he’ll have to fire Castillo.  Why tell him now that he’s going to have to fire Castillo later?

Besides, why should anyone believe anything Reid says after Reid said last year that Kevin Kolb would remain the starting quarterback, one day before Reid gave Mike Vick the job?  Reid would have no reason to admit that he has been told he’ll have to fire Castillo to avoid being fired, assuming that the front office decided there was a reason to let him know what will be expected with four games left in the season.

Reid did a nice job of non-answering the question and moving on.  There’s really nothing else he could have said.  So he basically said nothing.

Whoops.

16 Comments

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  9. Mikesta says:

    PFT is a joke.

  10. Craig C says:

    Lol, great find.

  11. romu says:

    I thought it was common knowledge amongst fans that PFT sucks.

  12. Anders says:

    Have PFT ever broke a story about the Eagles? I do not talk about a blind squirrel finding nut story, but a really story there was not some crazy rumor to stir the pot.

    1. One.cool.customer says:

      How can you break a story if all you do is copy/paste from other articles.

      Seriously.

  13. smutsboy says:

    A more accurate story would be, “Reid SHOULD fire Castillo to save his job”

  14. Tracer Bullet says:

    If Florio was right, his source would have to Banner or Lurie, correct? They’re the only ones with the power to issue that kind of edict and who would have knowledge of something that Reid apparently didn’t yet know. So why would Florio be dumb enough to either 1) believe any source who was NOT Banner or Lurie or 2) run with a story from a source who was OBVIOUSLY full of shit? Goddamn, he’s a hack.

    1. What makes it especially funny is that when the report was initially refuted, their answer was essentially “Oh yeah, well, they’re liars.”

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