Philadelphia Eagles Stats That Mattered in 2012
It feels like the Philadelphia Eagles' season has been over for about three months. I guess for all intents and purposes it has been, but there are still some juicy statistics from the entire 16-game stretch that help explain why the Eagles were so darn bad in 2012.
Here are 10 of the most important numbers I dug up.
That was the touchdown-to-interception ratio opposing quarterbacks posted against the Eagles during the final 10 weeks of the regular season. No team gave up as many touchdowns and no team recorded fewer interceptions than the Eagles did during that span.
Ultimately, opposing quarterbacks posted a 123.6 passer rating against this D. All of that came after Juan Castillo was fired.
That was Philly's turnover margin, which was tied for dead last in the NFL and is the worst mark in team history. Michael Vick was responsible for 15 of their league-high 37 turnovers despite playing in just 10 games.
That was Vick's touchdown-to-interception ratio (12-to-10) and it was also Nick Foles' ratio (6-to-5). Foles' completions percentage was 2.7 points higher and his passer rating was one point higher. Foles averaged .3 fewer yards per attempt but was also sacked and intercepted less often on a per-dropback basis.
Also, When Foles was in the lineup, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy had gone down with injuries. What I'm saying is that Vick was outplayed slightly by a rookie third-round pick who had less to work with.
That's the percentage of dropbacks in which Nick Foles faced pressure this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Vick faced pressure on 41.3 percent of his dropbacks, which was the second-worst total in the league and was up slightly from his 2011 average.
It took both quarterbacks longer to throw than the league average, but Vick held onto the ball nearly .1 seconds second longer than Foles did.
That's the number of tackles the Eagles missed this season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Remember when missed tackles were such a big issue in 2011 and how DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks were supposed to come in and fix it? Well, they actually missed three more tackles this season than last year. Kendricks and Ryans had a combined 20 percent of the whiffs.
That was the total margin of victory from the Eagles' four wins this season. They won two games by a single point and two games by two points. No other team in NFL history with at least three wins has posted a lower average margin of victory number (post-merger). That makes you realize just how close this team was to being historically bad. Like, 2008 Lions bad.
Their point differential wasn't terrible because they played in nine one-score games, but who would have imagined that a team with this much talent would go an entire season winning a single game by a full field goal?
That's the percentage of running plays in which the Eagles were stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, ranking 31st in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders.
I know the offensive line had problems and suffered injuries, but they actually finished dead last in this category in 2011. It's not all on McCoy, but he gets stuffed far too often.
That's the average yard line at which Philadelphia's opponents started drives this season, which ranked dead last in the NFL, per Football Outsiders.
The defense was a disaster, but it certainly didn't help that they were constantly dealing with short fields to defend.
That was the Eagles' touchdown percentage in the red zone. Only four teams performed worse than they did inside their opponents' 20-yard line. One year ago, they were above 50 percent and ranked 14th in the league in this category.
The red-zone play-calling was criticized throughout the year.
OK, one happy stat. That was Brandon Graham's pass-rushing productivity rating, which ranked tops among NFL defensive ends, per PFF.
The third-year, pass-rushing specialist had 45 pressures on just 205 pass-rushing snaps. He's on track to become a stud in his fourth season.
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