RoastBeeph Posted September 12, 2009 Share Posted September 12, 2009 Washington Post LinkDuring his first training camp with the New York Jets, former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott insisted to ESPN.com's Tim Graham that the one stat he never wanted to lead the NFL in was total tackles. "What you want to do is limit your reps," Scott said. "You want to lead the league in three-and-outs. You want to play the least amount of plays than anybody in the NFL. That should be your goal, to be No. 1. To have a lot of tackles? That means nothing. I could stand on the field all day and make tackles, but our team isn't going to be very good."Scott's absolutely right, and we're on his side at Football Outsiders. To that end, we keep two specific stats that reveal the actual value of a tackle: Stops and Defeats. Stops are the total number of plays which prevent a "success" by the opposing offense, which we classify as 45 percent of conversion yardage on first down, 60 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth down. Defeats are plays that stop the offense from gaining first down yardage on third or fourth down, stop the offense behind the line of scrimmage, or result in a fumble or interception. As opposed to total tackle numbers, which are statistical empty calories in the sense that so many tackles come from the old real estate adage - location, location, location. Going back to 2001, an inside or middle linebacker has led the NFL each season in combined tackles (solo and assists). This makes sense because so many rushing plays right up the gut, right in their collective wheelhouse.Babineaux had the highest percentage of defeats last year among all defensive tackles in the NFL. The guy is so underrated..a complete beast. BTW, Abraham was 3rd among all Defensive Ends in defeats as well. Those two are our defensive superstars. We just need to get a better secondary IMO and our defense will be very solid. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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