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Eagles fire Castillo, promote former Redskins player

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Eagles fire Castillo, promote former Redskins player

After blowing yet another fourth quarter lead on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Castillo was in his second season as head of the defense and will be replaced by secondary coach Todd Bowles.

Head coach Andy Reid, a longtime colleague and friend of Castillo’s, released a statement via the team:

"I want to make it clear that I have nothing but the ultimate respect for Juan Castillo as a coach and as a person. 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.”

Through six weeks the 3-3 Eagles haven’t been among the league’s best defenses, but they have also been far from the worst. Philly ranks 12th in the NFL in yardage allowed (330.8 per game) and place 13th in points allowed (20.8 per game).

The one stat that really stands out about Castillo’s tenure on defense is seven blown fourth quarter leads since 2011. On Sunday the Detroit Lions came to win by scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter in Philadelphia.

Bowles joined the Eagles after being the secondary coach with the Miami Dolphins in 2011. He played eight seasons in the NFL as a safety and started Super Bowl XXII for the Redskins.

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Redskins trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley

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Redskins trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley

The Redskins bolstered their offensive line depth late Wednesday, announcing a trade for Steelers' center Lucas Crowley. 

In return, Washington sent corner back Dashaun Phillips to Pittsburgh. 

The move comes just a few days after the team's starting center, Spencer Long, had his knee scoped. Long will miss a few weeks because of the procedure, so Crowley gives Jay Gruden another option in the middle of his O-line.

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Crowley, a rookie, played his college ball at the University of North Carolina, and signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent. He caught on with the Steelers earlier in the month. 

Phillips played at Tarleton State and also went undrafted. He had been a Redskin for two seasons.

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Lane Johnson declares Eagles are 'going to go down to D.C. and whup some a—' vs. Redskins

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Lane Johnson declares Eagles are 'going to go down to D.C. and whup some a—' vs. Redskins

Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has a lot to say.

The 6-6, 310-pound Texas native was suspended ten games last season for failing a drug test, and with the 2017 season approaching, he has a lot to get off his chest.

Johnson penned an article on The Players' Tribune Wednesday, and had a lot to say regarding his anger toward the NFL and playing in Philadelphia. Being suspended for ten games "lit a fire under my a—," he says, and there may be more perfect place for a person like that than in Philadelphia. Philadelphia sports fans are angry. That's not an insult. If anything, it's a term of endearment. Philly fans like being ticked off and they like it when their players are too.

Needless to say, Johnson is ticked off.

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You really should read the article, and if you do, you will get to this nice nugget about the Redskins, who play the Eagles in Week 1. 

Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some a— against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people.

As of publishing, the Redskins are 2.5-point betting favorites, which essentially means it's a push on a neutral field. An Eagles' win — even a blowout one — won't surprise people. But Johnson is angry, and it's pretty fun to experience.

He ends his piece with this power stroke. 

So Philly, here’s what we’re gonna need from you: Fly with us and just be you.  

Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans.

We’ll take care of the rest.

At least we can agree on hating the Cowboys.