The Football Outsiders are constantly crunching numbers and coming up with innovative statistics. Bills safety Donte Whitner appeared on one of their top 10 lists.
In developing new stats, the Football Outsiders determined which safeties in the NFL in 2009 had the most successful tackles after completed passes. Even the FO people admit there are a lot of variables taken into account with these stats like coverage scheme, missed tackles and just good coverage by a defensive back.
In any event Whitner ranked 8th in the league among safeties with the highest percentage of successful tackles after completed passes.
Top 10 SAF Stop Rate on Complete Passes, 2009
(min. 20 tackles after receptions)
Rank Player Team Plays Stops Stop Rate
1. Q. Mikell PHI 43 14 33%
2. C. Crocker CIN 26 8 31%
3. A. Afalava CHI 23 7 30%
4. M. Adams CLE 33 10 30%
5. J. Leonhard NYJ 34 10 29%
6. Y. Bell MIA 49 14 29%
7. E. Reed BAL 29 8 28%
8. D. Whitner BUF 26 7 27%
9. V. Harris PHI 23 6 26%
10. R. Doughty WAS 27 7 26%
Knowing there are a lot of variables affecting these numbers it’s hard to truly determine what these numbers say exactly about these safeties, other than when given the opportunity they wrap up well. They were interesting so I thought it was worth mentioning.
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