Juan Castillo: Why Can’t New Eagles Defensive Coordinator Switch Sides?

February 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Only football places so great an emphasis on dividing sides. You play offense or you play defense. Most other sports require a player to partake in both, even if their defense can be described as a human turnstile.
The same goes for coaching. In football, you’re a defense guy or an offense guy. Other sports require coaches to teach both aspects of their sport.
Why has football decided to take a partisan approach? If you coach on the offensive side, do you not need to understand what the defense is doing, or vice versa? Then you do understand the schemes on the other side. Why is there a cult like division in the NFL that labels coaches A or B, O or D? If you can dissect and diagram what the other side is going to do, shouldn’t you be able to step in to a role on that side?
Coaching comes down to the execution on the field. These Eagles never executed for Sean McDermott, and nowhere was that more evident than in the red zone.
In Juan Castillo, the Eag...

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