Eagles expected to bench Vick

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If Howard Eskin’s report of the impending Vick-for-Nick switch for the Philadelphia Eagles is accurate, it’s not something that just popped into coach Andy Reid’s head in recent days.

A source with knowledge of the dynamics in Philly over the past two seasons believes firmly that Reid has been considering benching Vick since the middle of last season, when the Eagles slumped to a 3-6 start. Reid was hoping, we’re told, that former backup Vince Young would play well enough during a three-game injury absence from Vick to justify doing to Vick what Reid did to Kevin Kolb in 2010.

Young didn’t.

Regardless of when or if Vick gets benched, it’s now becoming a foregone conclusion that Vick won’t be back in 2013, especially at a salary of $15.5 million.

And for those of you asking whether the Eagles would trade Vick, given the two-day extension to the trade deadline, here’s a great point raised by a source with direct knowledge of the situation: “Who would trade for him?”

That’s a great question. The Vikings arguably could use him, but they’re tied to 2011 first-rounder Christian Ponder. (Besides, we think Joe Webb is a much better Plan B. And a better Plan A.)  Read More…

Philadelphia Eagles, more changes coming?

Andy ReidThe Eagles may not be changing quarterbacks during the bye week, but they are making changes.

According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhiladelphia, the Eagles have fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.

Frank reports that Castillo was called into Andy Reid’s office this morning, and was given the news. He will no longer be with the team in any capacity.

Castillo, who has been with the Eagles since 1995, was an odd fit from the start, moving from coaching offensive line coach to defensive coordinator prior to the 2011 season. He replaced Sean McDermott, who struggled with replacing the late Jim Johnson, before being let go to join Ron Rivera in Carolina.

The Eagles have since announced the move, saying Todd Bowles will take over Castillo’s old job.

“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,” Reid said in a statement from the team. Read more…

Video: Andy Reid calls out his defense

In a heated exchange on the sideline, Eagles head coach Andy Reid let his defense, and in particular, Cullen Jenkins, know exactly how upset he was. The exchange took place after Reid witnessed New England Patriots’ reserves march down the field on a 13 play 80 yard touchdown drive led by Pats backup QB Ryan Mallet. What made this worse was that it was against the Eagle’s first-team defense!

Head coach Andy Reid got all up in Cullen Jenkins face after watching his defense falter vs the Pats on Monday night. Photo: ESPN.com

“It’s an emotional game. He was fired up, I was fired up,” Reid said after the game, via NFL.com. “Those things happen. Cullen is my primary leader on that defensive line. I count on him for a lot of things. He was upset and I was upset, and we talked about it afterwards.”

Watch the Video here…