Sept 18, 2011; Nashville,TN, USA; Tennessee Titans free safety Michael Griffin (33) and cornerback Jason McCourty (30) break up a pass intended for the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee defeated Baltimore 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Two Tennessee Titans Crack PFF’s Best & Worst


Today two Tennessee Titans cracked ProFootballFocus’s best and worst columns as they released their “Three Years of Tackling Efficiency: Defensive Backs“, a part of a series they’re doing on every position.

The two Titans in question were CB Jason McCourty and FS Michael Griffin.

Now I would think that most of us could guess that Griffin cracked the worst tacklers, which he did, but he also had more snaps played than any other defensive back on the chart.

Via PFF:

Rank Player Snaps MT
1 Ronde Barber 3068 50
2 Tanard Jackson 1454 43
3 Michael Griffin 3439 41
4 Quintin Mikell 3194 40
5 Antrel Rolle 3176 37
5 Asante Samuel 2460 37
7 Louis Delmas 2579 36
7 Sean Jones 2532 36
9 Charles Woodson 3001 35
9 Charles Godfrey 2718 35
9 Sherrod Martin 2308 35

Griffin has never missed a game, and when you look at the fact that the second closest person to him, in terms of snaps played, was Tyvon Branch with 3,235, I feel like you can give him a little more of a break. At the same time, obviously we’d like to see better out of him. At least he’s not alone as we see other big names such as Woodsen, Samuel, and Rolle all up there as well.

Now for the better news. Jason McCourty was among the best tacklers, coming in at 12th.

Via PFF:

Rank Player Snaps Tks Ass MT Tackling Efficiency
1 Danieal Manning 2514 187 22 7 30.9
2 Bradley Fletcher 1555 106 7 4 29.3
3 Kelly Jennings 1920 88 10 4 25.5
4 Joe Haden 1807 109 11 5 25.0
5 Nathan Jones 1284 89 9 5 20.6
6 Bryant McFadden 1962 142 6 8 19.5
7 Kyle Arrington 1850 119 10 7 19.4
8 Donte Whitner 2624 207 36 15 17.2
9 Antoine Winfield 1882 161 16 11 17.1
10 James Butler 1273 85 11 6 17.0
11 O.J. Atogwe 2463 163 28 12 16.9
12 Jason McCourty 1763 145 13 10 16.8
13 Brandon Flowers 2997 167 16 12 16.3
14 Jairus Byrd 2637 168 36 14 15.6
15 Kenny Phillips 2096 134 25 11 15.5

McCourty is going to be the number one CB so obviously it’s nice to see him on here.

Hopefully we’ll see a healthier McCourty this season, as the last two we’ve seen him go down with injuries. This last year it was especially disappointing when he went down as he had been playing at a very high level and after being sidelined for a week or two, he wasn’t exactly the same.

Here’s to hoping he comes back this season playing just as well as at the start of last season and Griffin gets back to his Pro Bowl form.

 

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Tags: AFC South Jason McCourty Michael Griffin NFL Tennessee Titans Titan Sized

  • chasemaher1

    I bet ATV doesnt miss many tackles either

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

     @chasemaher1 Definitely. I can’t remember seeing him miss any. PFF is going through the past three years and doing all these totals.