by Warren McCarty
October 17, 02012
Football Facts are Football Facts. Andy Reid fired the wrong guy.
On Tuesday, Reid announced that he had relieved Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo of his duties. In doing so, he said “We’re six games into the season and average isn’t good enough”.
Andy Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo on Tuesday.
That’s an interesting choice of words in reference to firing the scapegoat, and that sentiment simply isn’t backed up by what has truly happened on the football field.
The only two stats that truly matter when evaluating a football team are points allowed on defense and points scored on offense. Yardage, QB Rating, Sacks, Hurries, and things of that nature are tools that we use to measure individuals, but ultimately they have no bearing on the scoreboard. The team who scores more points wins the game.
In 2011, Philadelphia finished 10th in the NFL in points allowed defensively under Juan Castillo. Offensively, they finished 8th in the NFL in scoring with Andy Reid as the play caller on offense.
Through 6 games this season, Philadelphia is tied for 13th in the NFL in points allowed. Meanwhile, the Offense is ranked 27th in the NFL in scoring.
So the Defensive Coordinator is the one who gets fired??? Only 5 teams in the NFL have a harder time scoring points on offense than the Philadelphia Eagles right now.
And despite the public being stunned at Juan Castillo being named as the Defensive Coordinator prior to last season, the bottom line is that Philadelphia saw dramatic improvement on the defensive side of the ball under his leadership.
Wait. Let me repeat that.
Yes. Philadelphia improved from 21st in the NFL in points allowed in 2010 under Sean McDermott, to 10th last season under the leadership of Juan Castillo. That is a significant improvement.
I’ve listened to the talking heads on ESPN and NFL Network talking all afternoon about the “issues” defensively for the team and how many leads they had blown over the past year and a half, and they’ve all laid the blame on an allegedly incompetent defensive coordinator.
Taking his team to a Super Bowl and five NFC Title games has earned Andy Reid the benefit of the doubt amongst NFL Media, but I’m not buying it.
Andy Reid calls the shots. Andy Reid calls the offensive plays. If “average isn’t good enough”, then it’s clear to me that his offense is the unit that is average (far below average this season). The Defense is the only reason why his team isn’t winless this season.
Football Facts are Football Facts.
Warren McCarty is the founder of My Passion is Football
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