I don’t know who Tom Pelissero is.
And I’ve never listened to ESPN1500.
But here’s an interesting story from Pelissero of that very radio station.
According to Peliserro’s report:
If the Minnesota Vikings come up empty again, on the third and final known outside candidate to replace the defensive coordinator who remains in the building, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they pursue the man Spagnuolo replaces.
Juan Castillo has been close with Vikings coach Leslie Frazier since their days together on the Eagles’ staff from 1999 to 2002. According to NFL sources, there was mutual interest in a reunion shortly after Frazier was promoted from interim coach last January, to the point Castillo told people close to him he expected to end up in Minnesota.
Head coach Leslie Frazier had this to say of Castillo, “I have a strong affinity for Juan going back to our days spent together in Philadelphia,” said Frazier. “I can remember Jim Johnson and our defensive staff putting our game plans together, and we’d always get together with Juan just to make sure they were sound in terms of pressures and blitzes…
Sometimes, I felt like he was on our defensive staff. And to this day, he and I talk every week during the season to talk about other offenses in the league. That’s how much respect I have for him as a coach and how well he is able to understand the defensive schemes.”
Sounds like a guy that has a lot of respect for Juan Castillo.
While nothing has been made public concerning Spagnuolo’s future or the Eagles’ plans, it appears more and more likely that Juan Castillo’s tenure as defensive coordinator is coming to an end. And it’s beginning to appear that Castillo’s next job may not be in a lesser role with the Eagles, but rather in a prominent role with another team.