Missing Jim Johnson

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
 Season: 2009 2010 2011 2012
  Total Rank Total Rank Total   Rank Total   Rank
Net Yards/Gm. 321.1 12th 327.2 12th 324.9 8th 330.8 12th
   Yards/Play 4.95 5th 5.25 16th 5.29 12th 5.13 10th
Rushing Yards/Gm 104.7 9th 110.4 15th 112.6 16th 104.5 15th
   Yards/Rush 4.06 11th 4.17 14th 4.35 19th 4.07 18th
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
   Interception Pct. 4.31% 5th 4.29% 2nd 2.71% 17th 3.10% 12th
   Sack Pct.    7.05%   t-8th     6.78% 10th     8.80% 1st     3.01% 30th
First Downs/Game 18.4 14th 19.3   t-18th 18.1 8th 18.7 9th
   Third Down Pct. 33.0% 2nd 38.3% t-17th 35.5% 13th 29.1% 4th
Opp. Points/Game 21.1 19th 23.6 t-21st 20.5 10th 20.8 13th

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