Why Davis’ tackle numbers are quality

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 5:42 pm

With five 100 tackle seasons to his credit and a 90 tackle, 3.5 sack season last year, Bills newest LB Andra Davis is a quality signing for another reason.

His tackles do not come five to eight yards downfield. They made at or close to the line of scrimmage. That according to FootballOutsiders’ Aaron Schatz, who criticized the Denver Broncos for releasing a linebacker that had good figures in their statistical tackle breakdown.

“The Broncos have re-done their entire defensive line in free agency, but it’s surprising to see them making moves among the linebackers because that wasn’t exactly the source of their defensive problems in the second half of 2009,” said Schatz. “Davis actually led all inside/middle linebackers by making his average run tackle after the ballcarrier gained just 2.0 yards. He’s the proverbial steady-but-not-spectacular player who does his job.”

Doing his job is all that Davis wants to do at this point, and now that he has a team again he’s anxious to get things underway.

“I know I have a lot left in my tank,” Davis said. “I know I can still play this game. I love this game. And to be able to come here to another great organization with a lot of great tradition it feels good. I’m excited to meet the rest of the players. I’m excited for what Coach Gailey and all of the coaches have in store in so I’m excited about this whole process. I’m just ready to get started.”


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