GIANTS' MICHAEL BOLEY WAS NFL'S BEST TACKLER IN 2011
"When the debate about the NFL's elite tacklers surfaces around the water cooler on
Monday mornings, the names of Brian Urlacher, Von Miller, Ray Lewis and Patrick
Willis are the most likely to be mentioned. And as talented as each of those
players are, none of them was statistically considered the best tackler in pro
year ago. In fact, that honor went to someone who is infrequently considered one
of the NFL's best: New York
Giants linebacker Michael
In an editorial that was recently published on Football Outsiders, Aaron Schatz ran
down the statistical analysis of the premiere tacklers in the league during the
2011-2012 season. Sitting alone at the top was Boley, who collected 76 total
tackles, allowing only one tackle to be broken all year (1.3%).
The 1.3% broken tackle rate by Boley led the league, with Indianapolis Colts
linebacker Philip Wheeler and Denver Broncos safety Chris Harris tied at second
with a rate of 1.6%.
Boley's one broken tackle in 2011 matches his one broken tackle in 2010. Yet
you never really hear Boley's name mentioned when analysts talk about the best
tacklers in football,"
In addition to Boley, fellow linebacker Mathias
Kiwanuka was near the top of the list at 2.9% (two broken tackles, 66 total
tackles), as was cornerback Aaron
Ross at 1.9% (one broken tackles, 51 total tackles). Ross, of course, is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
As a team, the Giants tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the league lead,
allowing only 3.8% of their tackles to be broken. 40 players on Big Blue
registered at least one tackle broken, which was second in the league to the
49ers (37 players). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers led the NFL allowing
9.0% of their tackles to be broken.
The Philadelphia Eagles were 31st in the NFL allowing 8.1% of their tackles to be broken, the
Washington Redskins were 18th in the NFL allowing 5.3% of their tackles to be broken and the
Dallas Cowboys were 12th in the NFL allowing 5.1% of their tackles to be broken."