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The decision to switch Castillo from offense to defense may have been Reid’s worst mistake. The unusual move was heavily criticized and contributed to the defense’s collapse.

“I’ll always put it on the players,” Jenkins said. “Coaches can only do so much. Players have to step up and make plays.”

Reid’s stoic personality and bland news conferences annoyed fans and even some members of the media. He refused to call out players and always took the blame after each loss, saying he had to “do a better job” and “put players in better position to perform.”

While that didn’t make him popular outside the locker room, Reid was respected by his players. They supported him to the end.

“He’s a great coach, a great person. I love the guy,” safety Kurt Coleman said.

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