Broken Tackles: Buccaneers Sabby Piscitelli and Ronde Barber Lead the Way

May 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Aaron Schatz of ESPN Insider and David Gardner of ESPN Football Outsiders took a look at players who had the most missed/broken tackles during the 2009 NFL season.   The Football Outsiders staff reviewed every game from last season to come up with this alarming stat.

The Insider and Outsiders classified broken tackles as “one of several events: 'Plays with Broken Tackle' is the number of plays with at least one broken tackle. Either the ball carrier escapes from the grasp of the defender, or the defender is in good position for a tackle but the ball carrier jukes him out of his shoes. If the ball carrier sped by a slow defender who dived and missed, that did not count as a broken tackle.’’ They also point out that it was also possible for there to be multiple broken tackles on one play.
With a 3-13 record, three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were among the worst tacklers in the NFL last year. Under the broken tackle defi...

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