Friday, February 12, 2016

The Second (Half) Coming of Juan

The second (half) coming of Juan Castillo

The Second (Half) Coming of Juan

Nnamdi Asomugha was beat by Mohamed Massaquoi on a slant that gained 24 yards in the first quarter. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Nnamdi Asomugha was beat by Mohamed Massaquoi on a slant that gained 24 yards in the first quarter. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

When the Eagles held the Browns to 57 yards (on 27 plays) after intermission Sunday, it was the lowest second-half yardage allowed by the Birds in 48 games; the Panthers were held to 53 yards after the break in the 2009 opener.

In fact, over the last seven regular season games, the Eagles defense has allowed fewer yards in the second half than the first six times. That is a huge turnaround from the first 10 games of the Juan Castillo defensive regime, when the opponents increased their yardage output after intermission eight times.

Here are the opponents' game-by-game yardage totals by half against Juan Castillo's defense: 


 First 10 Games   1st    2nd                 Last 7 Games   1st   2nd 
 at Rams 159  176   Patriots 275  182 
 at Falcons 98  220   at Seahawks 245  102 
 Giants 205  129   at Dolphins 82  122 
 49ers 153  289   Jets 151  90 
 at Bills 178  153   at Cowboys 138  100 
 at Redskins 75  212   Redskins 202  175 
 Cowboys 94  173   at Browns 153  57 
 Bears 174  198       
 Cardinals 159  211       
 Giants 86  192       
  Totals 1381  1953    Totals 1246  828 
  Yds./Game    138.1     195.3    Yds./Game    178.0     118.3 
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