Bills fire offensive line coach Castillo

Juan Castillo is the first coaching staff change of 2019

Sal Capaccio
January 01, 2019 - 7:27 pm

Photo: Jake Roth - USA TODAY Sports


Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott has made his first coaching staff change of the offseason.

It was first reported on Tuesday by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora that offensive line coach and run game coordinator Juan Castillo was let go by McDermott after his two seasons with the club. On Wednesday, Bills general manager Brandon Beane confirmed the move while on One Bills Live with John Murphy and Steve Tasker.

The Bills had a tough time running the football in 2018, finishing 21st in the NFL in yards per-carry with 4.24. They did finish ninth overall in rushing yards per-game at 124.0, however, the bulk of those numbers came from quarterback Josh Allen, who led the team with 631 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per-carry.  

Bills running backs had a tough time getting going all season, and it was an especially tough year for LeSean McCoy, who finished with this worst rushing totals of his nine-year career. McCoy gained only 514 yards, averaged only 3.2 yards per-carry, and broke the century mark only one time in 14 games played.

Castillo and McDermott had worked together in Philadelphia under Andy Reid from 2001-2010 when Castillo was the offensive line coach and McDermott was the team’s defensive coordinator. McDermott was let go after the 2010 season, and Castillo actually replaced him, making the rare switch from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator.

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