Eagles, rested after bye, have first practice with Todd Bowles leading Philadelphia's defense
PHILADELPHIA – With Todd Bowles in place as the new defensive coordinator, the Philadelphia Eagles were back at work and eager to move forward following a tumultuous bye week.
First, players, particularly cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, had to deal with questions about Juan Castillo.
Asomugha had publicly questioned Castillo's playcalling following Philadelphia's loss to Detroit last Sunday. Two days later, Castillo was fired after his defense blew consecutive fourth-quarter leads.
Whether Asomugha's second-guessing factored into coach Andy Reid's decision to let Castillo six games into the season won't be known. Bowles, who had coached the secondary, is in charge now for the first time in his coaching career.
Bowles has never called the defensive plays before, though he was interim head coach for Miami for the last three games in 2011. He'll get his first chance Sunday when the Eagles (3-3) host Atlanta (6-0).
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