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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
ChatWrap: Charles Woodson vs. the run

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Thanks to everyone who joined in on a festive and well-attended SportsNation chat. I'll circle back on a number of the issues you brought forth during the week, but I wanted to get to one right away because it applies to the latest installment of our Calling Canton series on the prospects of Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson.
Jay (Boston)

Kevin, enjoyed the Calling Canton article today. One stat that wasn't mentioned--and might be difficult to compare--that I always sing Woodson's praises on is tackles for loss. I think that there is what sets him apart from so many of the other topflight CB's currently playing--he does an decent job shutting down receivers and plays above average defending the run. Any idea how his tackles for loss numbers stack up against others?

Kevin Seifert (2:37 PM)

Not off the top of my head, but it would be worth checking out. I'll do a follow-up post if I can find it. Thanks, Jay.

As it turns out, the pro-football-reference.com database doesn't track tackles for loss, which are as unofficial as straight tackle statistics. But the Packers' public relations staff forwarded a modern-day comparison, via STATS Inc., that confirms Jay's suspicions.

Over the past five seasons, here are the NFL's unofficial leaders in tackles for loss among cornerbacks (or "stuffs," as STATS refers to them as):
  1. Nate Clements: 18
  2. Ronde Barber: 17
  3. Antoine Winfield: 17
  4. Charles Woodson: 16
  5. Nnamdi Asomugha: 11.5

You ask, we tell. Sort of.