Juan Castillo: New Eagles Defensive Coordinator

2 02 2011

The  Eagles have have confirmed that they have moved offensive line coach Juan Castillo  to defensive coordinator.  According to profootballtalk.com, Castillo last coached defense at Texas high school in 1989.

In another interesting move, long-time and well respected Colts offensive line coach Howard Mudd was coerced out of retirement to take over those some duties with the Birds.

Read more at PhiladelphiaEagles.com


NFL Pre-Postseason Rumblings

4 01 2011
  • For those of you into sports betting, the early lines are out on this week’s NFL Playoffs games.  Here are my picks:
  1. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -2.5 Green Bay Packers – These team’s met earlier this year and the Packers were the victors but these are now much different teams.  The Eagles have suffered a lot of defensive injuries but the presence of Michael Vick along with home field advantage have me rolling with the Birds.
  2. New Orleans Saints – 10.5 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – O.K. the Seahawks limped into the playoffs at 7-9 and may very well be the worst team in NFL Playoff history.  All that aside, they were 5-3 at home and 10.5 is just too hefty a line… even if they’re up against the defending Super Bowl Champions.
  3. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS -2.5 New York Jets – Jets were my preseason AFC Champion but going into Indy while stumbling down the stretch is just too tall of a task.
  4. Baltimore Ravens -2.5 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – Just a few weeks ago, I was ready to declare the Kansas City Chiefs my playoff sleeper team but after an embarrassing 31-10 defeat at home to the Oakland Raiders last week, I think they’re still a bit away.  Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens have been one of the more consistent teams all season long, in addition to perhaps being the most well balanced team in terms of talent in the entire playoffs.
  • A number of team’s are in need of quarterback help this coming offseason.  One name to keep an eye on is Billy Volek, who is now a free agent following the conclusion of  a three-year deal that garnered him a total of $9 million to be the Chargers’ backup quarterback.  Volek has long been considered one of the most talented backups in the league and would be an excellent short term solution for a team looking to groom a young qb.  One destination that comes to mind is Denver, where it appears Kyle Orton is destined to be traded.

Colts under the radar – and they like it.

12 08 2008
Bob Sanders is the emotional leader of the Colts.

Bob Sanders is the emotional leader of the Colts.

By Michael Gill

Expectations are high as usual for the Indianapolis Colts, but they aren’t getting the press that other AFC heavyweights are getting.  “There is a lot of cautious optimism in the region,” said WPTA sports anchor Tommy Scheogler.  “But overall, they think they are just as good as anyone in the NFL.”

And they are, but injuries are a concern.  Wide out Marvin Harrison is an eight-time pro bowler and all-pro, holds several NFL records, but he missed 11 games last season and wasn’t the same player when he returned in the playoffs.  “I really think that injury will continue to linger,” said Scheogler.  However, the Colts may be equipped to overcome an injury to Harrison.  “Reggie Wayne is the guy here now,” said Scheogler.  “But to get Marvin back as a number two, you can’t get better then that.”

Getting the ball to Wayne and Harrison has never been a problem for Peyton Manning, but he too has some injury concerns.  In July, Manning had surgery to remove an infected bursa sack in his left knee.  “He’ll be fine,” said Scheogler.  “It was a very routine surgery.” Read the rest of this entry »

Manning Injury A Lot More Serious Than Colts Letting On?

11 08 2008

Regarding star quarterback Peytong Manning, Colts team president Bill Polian was quoted as saying “No setbacks that I know of.”  Now, call me a conspiracy theorist, but there’s something about the “that I know of” part that shouts “I’m not telling you the whole truth!”  Allow me to build my case…

  • Both Quinn Gray and Jared Lorenzen were brought in, supposedly to compete for the #3 spot behind Jim Sorgi.
  • Jim Sorgi played just one series in Indy’s preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.
  • This is the same team that told us Marvin Harrison was “just a week” away for the entire 2007 season.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Manning is on schedule for an August 15 return to practice and has begun the rehabilitation process following his surgery on July 14 to remove an infected bursa sac.  Since that time, Manning has had his left knee completely immobilized and will now have to regain his range of motion and restrengthen his entire leg. Now, I’m no doctor, but completely immobolized to starting a regular season NFL football game in less than four weeks just doesn’t sound kosher.

Now I’m not saying I think Manning will miss a significant amount of time, but do I think he could miss the opener…absolutely.  I don’t think any good can come of rushing him back and the Colts are not a team known to do so, especially with their superstars (see Sanders, Addai, Freeney, Harrison).