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'Average Isn't Good Enough' Juan Castillo Out, Bowles In

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On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced the dismissal of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. (AP Photo) On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced the dismissal of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. (AP Photo)
PHILADELPHIA -

"Average isn't good enough" was the message from the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday as the team announced the dismissal of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.

The announcement came Tuesday morning and was tweeted on the team's official Twitter feed.

The team says secondary coach Todd Bowles has been promoted as the team's new defensive coordinator.

"I want to make it clear that I have nothing but the ultimate respect for Juan Castillo as a coach and as a person," head coach Andy Reid said in a statement issued by the team.

"He's one of the finest football coaches that I have ever worked with. He has served this organization extremely well for 18 years and letting him go was a difficult decision. I know he will continue to be a successful coach in this league and wish he and his family nothing but the best."

Reid continued, "We're six games into the season and average isn't good enough. I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it."

During a 12 p.m. press conference, Reid told reporters he put Castillo in this position and took full responsibility.

"I put Juan in this situation, things didn't work out the way I hoped," Reid said.

The coaching shakeup comes after the team's overtime loss at home to the Detroit Lions, a game in which the Eagles held the opposing offense to just six points through three quarters.

The Eagles defense gave up 17 points in the fourth quarter. The loss put the team at 3-3.

When asked what Bowles could do for the team, Reid wouldn't offer specifics, but said "there's certain things we can do to help each other out at all positions."

Bowles, an eight-season NFL veteran as a defensive back, worked in Miami prior to Philadelphia as the Dolphins assistant head coach/secondary coach. He was named interim coach during the final there games of the 2011 season.

Bowles is a native of Elizabeth, New Jersey and was a four-year letterman at Temple University.

Reid says the move to dismiss Castillo was his own decision.

The Eagles are in the midst of a bye-week. The team's next game is at home on Sunday, October 28th against the Atlanta Falcons.

Stay with myfoxphilly.com for updates and watch Fox 29 News at 5 and 6 p.m. for full coverage.

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