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Old 02-18-2013, 03:59 PM   #78
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Default Re: Wish people didn't make this all about the QBs

Originally Posted by -p.tiddy-
they became "official" in 2001 though, that site is wrong

they don't mean everything and yeah they can be misleading, but at the same time there is a reason that Willis and Lewis are always in the top-10 of tacklers each year if healthy...they are always in on the action

I think is says "something" certainly can't claim that Lewis didn't do anything when he had as many tackles as the entire SF LB core

Are you sure they are "official"? From a 2012 article quoting a spokesman from the NFL:

One problem, observers say, is that even though tackle statistics are widely cited by the media and are always included in the official summaries NFL teams put out after every game, the league doesn't consider this an "official" statistic. In other words, the league doesn't verify it or take any responsibility for whether it's accurate. "The stats crews at each NFL stadium track tackle totals," a league spokesman explained.

From a 2003 article which is obviously past the 2001 date you set for when they became official:

The NFL said no one has ever come up with a system that would standardize the definition of a tackle and make it a credible statistic.

"Who makes the tackle is very hard to ascertain, even with the aid of video," league spokesman Michael Signora said.

Signora said the NFL is willing to listen to any suggestions.

"Until the question of standardizing how a player is credited with a tackle is answered, we'll continue with the current system," he said. "Quite frankly, the coaches seem comfortable grading film and assigning tackles in that fashion."

and just one more quote that deals with the Ray Lewis thing and how tackling doesn't mean he was playing well..

Hirdt also points out that official tackling stats won't necessarily single out the best defenders. Many defenses are set up to funnel tackles to the a particular player (often the middle linebacker), who will lead the team in stops even when he's had a bad season.
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