Juan Castillo was unemployed for just three months after the Eagles fired him as their defensive coordinator. It was a position he was never really suited for after spending the previous 13 seasons as the Eagles' offensive line coach.

But Castillo earned respect from that experience, not only from former head coach Andy Reid, but from the rest of the team and the coaching staff.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who spent 10 seasons as an Eagles assistant with Castillo, showed that respect, not only by hiring him last week to be his running backs coordinator, but by naming him a consultant for this season. That enables Castillo to work with the Ravens as they prepare for the Super Bowl next Sunday against the 49ers.

"Juan is a tremendous football coach," Harbaugh said. "He's been coaching in the NFL for a long time, both sides of the ball, and he's had a lot of responsibilities. He's highly knowledgeable, a great teacher."

Castillo wouldn't comment for this story.

But Ravens offensive lineman Bobbie Williams, who played for the Eagles from 2000-04 when Castillo was his position coach, said he holds Castillo in the same high regard