Todd Bowles took one big step onto the stage, bypassing the small stairs that lead to the podium where the Philadelphia Eagles hold their news conferences.

The new defensive coordinator has clearly jumped right into his job.

Bowles replaced Juan Castillo, who was fired last week six games into his second season coaching the defense after a career on the offensive side. Under Castillo, the Eagles blew fourth-quarter leads six times.

Castillo was dismissed two days after the Eagles squandered a 10-point lead with 5:18 left in an overtime loss to Detroit on Oct. 14. A week earlier, they gave up a long drive that led to a winning field goal on the final play at Pittsburgh.


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