"But I let Andy make that call," Lurie told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I respected his decision. He felt it was the best thing to do at the time, and I don't interfere in that area."
Reid stressed that Lurie didn't push the coach to make the decision. Lurie echoed that point Tuesday. It's easy to believe. If the ownership ever was going to push Reid to make a change, it would have been during last season. Or at the end of it. This year, Castillo's defense was outperforming Reid's offense.
"I will never do that," Lurie said. "The way I operate, a coach is responsible for his staff. (He needs to) succeed or fail based on who he chooses and his own performance. I don't trigger that."
Lurie wasn't afraid, however, to put an ultimatum on Reid's job before this season. The Eagles coach must do better than 8-8 or he'll be fired. Reid has 10 games to straighten things out or Lurie will look for a new coach to build a new staff.Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.