There is was no question that following Jim Johnson (left) as the Eagles defensive coordinator would be difficult, and the numbers — especially for the last 2 1/2 seasons — have been mediocre, at best.
But one gets the feeling that if they had just gotten to the opposing quarterback a little more often (0 sacks in the last 202 minutes-plus), the Birds would have a win or two more and Juan Castillo would still have a job.
Here are the Eagles' defensive numbers and NFL ranks since Johnson's death (May, 2009):
|Coordinator:||SEAN McDERMOTT||JUAN CASTILLO|
|Net Passing Yds./Gm.||216.4||17th||216.8||14th||212.3||10th||226.3||15th|
|Net Yds./Pass Play||5.55||5th||6.03||14th||5.98||11th||5.83||10th|
|Third Down Pct.||33.0%||2nd||38.3%||t-17th||35.5%||13th||29.1%||4th|