Broken tackles in the NFC South

May, 26, 2010
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This really shouldn’t come as any surprise, but two members of the Tampa Bay secondary were the worst tacklers in the NFL last year.

The folks at Football Outsiders sat down and reviewed every game from last season.

They looked for broken tackles, which they defined as “one of two events: 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 didn't count as a broken tackle.’’

Under that definition Tampa Bay safety Sabby Piscitelli led the league in broken tackles. Teammate Ronde Barber finished second. By the way, Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson wasn’t far behind. Atlanta safety Erik Coleman and former Carolina safety Chris Harris also were pretty high on the list.

I’m not allowed to share the entire breakdown, but, if you have an Insider account, you can get the whole rundown on broken tackles here.

Also, and this one’s free for all, you can get a team-by-team breakdown on broken tackles here. The Football Outsiders totaled up how many broken tackles each defense had and how many each offense forced.

The Tampa Bay defense finished second in the league with 94 broken tackles. On the positive side, the Carolina offense (I’m guessing DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart had a lot to do with this) led the league by forcing 117 broken tackles.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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