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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Broken tackles, AFC South style

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

As Aaron Schatz points out in this informative piece, the Indianapolis Colts are going to rank relatively high on broken tackles allowed -- it’s the nature of having smaller players and being built more for speed.

So it should not surprise us that Indy’s defense ranked second in the league in broken tackles allowed in 2009, with at least one on 7.6 percent of their plays.

Broken tackle rates in the AFC South:

Offense:
3) Titans, 6.5 percent

4) Jaguars, 6.4

9t) Colts, 6.2

14) Texans, 5.7

Defense
2) Colts, 7.6

10) Titans, 6.4

12t) Jaguars, 6.1

13) Texans, 6.0
Melvin Bullitt, a safety virtually everyone, including me, thinks played quite well, was tops in missed tackle in the AFC South.

Here’s the top 10 courtesy of Football Outsiders:
Melvin Bullitt, 14

DeMeco Ryans, 12

Gerald Alexander, 11

Clint Session, 11

Keith Bulluck, 11

Reggie Nelson, 9

Bernard Pollard, 9

Dunta Robinson, 8

Antoine Bethea, 8

Jerraud Powers, 8

A few thoughts: