NFL

Fantasy Stats: NFL Tackles by Teams, Positions

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In researching my weekly post at the Post, I took a look at team tackles by position. In the off-season, I created a nifty stat called Tackle Factor (TF--available at the individual stats pages) that attempts to make sense of tackle statistics. Conventional tackle stats can be very misleading. Porous defenses allow more plays than stout defenses, creating additional tackle opportunities for below-average defenders. Additionally, some positions should be expected to have more tackles than others.

I wanted to see how the Redskins' defensive lines were performing. I figured that the larger the share of a team's tackles that a line accounts for, the better it's probably playing. I created the list below, which shows the percentage of tackles by each position group for each team.

Obviously, there is going to be some expected differences between defenses that are primarily 3-4 schemes and primarily 4-3 schemes. This is simply due to the relative number of defenders at each position. Additionally, the numbers can be skewed by late-game strategies of either running out the clock or desperation passing. Still, we might learn something by looking at where the tackles are being made.

Team
DL
LB
CB
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ARZ
20%
38%
21%
21%

ATL
21%
40%
22%
17%

BLT
23%
32%
22%
23%

BUF
25%
35%
18%
23%

CAR
26%
37%
19%
17%

CHI
19%
36%
28%
18%

CIN
15%
39%
20%
26%

CLV
23%
32%
24%
21%

DAL
15%
45%
23%
17%

DEN
18%
40%
25%
17%

DET
28%
25%
23%
24%

GB
14%
42%
26%
18%

HST
19%
34%
20%
26%

IND
24%
28%
30%
18%

JAX
17%
28%
31%
24%

KC
21%
39%
24%
16%

MIA
16%
32%
27%
25%

MIN
23%
35%
25%
17%

NE
16%
40%
22%
22%

NO
23%
31%
22%
25%

NYG
31%
20%
21%
27%

NYJ
20%
33%
23%
25%

OAK
31%
23%
14%
32%

PHI
33%
27%
17%
24%

PIT
9%
51%
23%
18%

SD
16%
39%
19%
26%

SEA
30%
22%
23%
25%

SF
24%
36%
21%
20%

SL
26%
26%
22%
26%

TB
21%
33%
23%
23%

TEN
25%
23%
19%
32%

WAS
13%
35%
25%
28%

Average
22%
34%
22%
23%