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Castillo vs. Bowles

How the Eagles defense has performed statistically under its two coordinators this season.

Castillo vs. Bowles

Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Todd Bowles has had his hands around the entire Eagles defense for three games now, exactly half as long as Juan Castillo had with the 2012 defense.

There are some interesting comparisons to be made when you put the numbers achieved by each coach's defensive tenure side-by-side. For instance:

♦ Opposing teams are converting third downs at a nearly 50% rate over the last three games. They were under 30% for the first half-dozen games.

♦ Bowles' defense (6.01) is allowing nearly a full yard more per play than Castillo's defense did (5.13).

♦ The last three QBs have completed 75% of their passes (62-82). That goes a long way to contributing to the 7.53 net-yard-per-plass-play number they have put up.

♦ Bowles' defense has as many sacks (7) in three games as Castillo's did in six games ...

♦ ... But Bowles Boys have yet to record an interception. Castillo's Cubbies had seven, although they bundled four of them in the Game 1 escape against the Browns.

   Castillo  Bowles
 Games  6  3
 Points  111  68
    Points/Game  18.5  22.7
 Touchdowns  11  8
    Run/Pass  2-7  1-7
 Field Goals  16-17  4-5
 First Downs  112  58
    Rushing  26  16 
    Passing  71  36
    Penalty  15  6
    Third Downs  23-79  17-35
    Pct.  29.1%  48.6%    
 Total Net Yards  1985  1057
    Yards/Game  330.8  352.3
    Plays  387  176
    Yards/Play  5.13  6.01
 Net Rushing Yards  627  387
    Yards/Game  104.5  129.0
    Rushes  154  87
    Yards/Rush  4.07  4.45
 Net Passing Yards  1358  670
    Yards/Game  226.3  223.3
    Comp.-Att.  119-226     62-82
    Pct.  52.7%  75.6%
    Yards Gained  1412  710
    Yards/Comp.  11.41  11.45
    Yards/Attempt  6.25  8.66
    Sacks-Yards  7-54  7-40
    Net Yards/Pass Play     5.83  7.53
    Interceptions  7  0
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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