Inside The Bills

Whitner, Byrd stand out

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2011 – 11:03 am

In the 2010 season Donte Whitner and Jairus Byrd were among the surest tacklers at the safety position in the NFL.

That according to the stat gurus at Pro Football Focus, who calculated the ratio of missed tackles to attempts for every safety that set foot on the field last season. Whitner finished seventh in the league with just five missed tackles, which gave him a ratio of one miss per 27.2 attempts. Only one full-time starting safety was ahead of him on the list (Denver’s Renaldo Hill).

Jairus Byrd was right behind Whitner at eighth overall. He had just three missed tackles, but factoring that against a lower number of tackle attempts his ratio was slightly lower than Whitner’s at one miss for every 26.67 attempts.

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