An Emotional Juan Castillo Speaks: Just Wanted to Be a Warrior, No Excuses

An Emotional Juan Castillo Speaks: Just Wanted to Be a Warrior, No Excuses

Juan Castillo spoke with a number of reporters today after getting released from his job as defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, including Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn and NBC10's Vai Sikahema.

It's hard not to feel bad for the coach who dedicated his career to the Eagles as you watch him choke up when talking about letting those around him down.

"I feel bad for Coach Reid that I didn't get it done for him, for the city, and for Mr. Lurie," Castillo told Vai.

"I'd still [take a bullet for Reid] right now," he responds when asked about his earlier comment saying the same.

D-Gunn asks Castillo what he would do over if he could do it all again.

"You get your guys to outwork people. You outwork people. When you do that, good things happen the majority of the time, sometimes it takes a little bit longer, but they do happen," Castillo said.

It's not often Philadelphia fans sympathize with a coach or athlete who failed to get the job done, but given the bizarre nature of Castillo being put into the role of DC after spending his career as an offensive line guy, coupled with his legendary work ethic, could get him a few free beverages around town.

It won't get him his job back though.

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You can watch Castillo tear up with Vai Sikahema below:

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Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).