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Monday, June 13, 2011
Rewind'10: NFC North tackling

By Kevin Seifert

Our friends at Football Outsiders have posted the results of their annual broken-tackles projects, allowing us to compare the improvement or regression of each NFC North team between 2009 and 2010.

First, let's remember that broken tackles are a subjective statistic based on the work of individual charters. As some of you pointed out in last year's discussion, it's a measure similar to fielding percentage in baseball: Faster players who cover more ground are penalized in a sense because they have more opportunities to miss tackles than those who can't get to the ball carrier in time.

Indeed, here is how Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz defined the statistic: "Either the ballcarrier escapes from the grasp of the defender, or the defender is in good position for a tackle but the ballcarrier jukes him out of his shoes. If the ballcarrier sped by a slow defender who dived and missed, that didn't count as a broken tackle."

Given those caveats, let's look at the results for 2010 in the chart. My thoughts: