Saturday, December 31, 2011

Spotlight - Cornerback (CB) Tackle (TAK) attribute

    This is going to be the first in a series of posts that will focus on the tackle (TAK) attribute in Madden 12.  My plan is to do every defensive position and then maybe have one final tackle (TAK) blog that wraps them all together.  Cornerback (CB) is the first position I decided to look at.  I selected 29 CBs in Madden, from some of the best in TAK attribute to some of the worst.  I intentionally selected big name CBs and have included some rookies as well.

    I started out by looking at their solo tackle stats and missed tackle stats up to week 16 of 2011 through 2009.  I used stats from ProFootballFocus.com to get missed tackles (MT) and solo tackles (Solo).  PFF does not include sacks in their solo tackles stat, so I added any sacks a player had to their solo tackles for my tables.  I decided to use the MT information and solo tackle information to come up with a MT%.  A percentage is a better figure to use than just the total MTs.  To come up with this percentage, I divided MTs by (Solo + MTs).  It should be noted, that I did not include tackle assists for this calculation.  I have emailed PFF to see if they count MTs on attempted assists or just solo tackle attempts.  I have yet to receive a reply.  After looking at all the stats for CBs, most of them have very few assists.  Even without the tackle assists, I believe this MT% gives us a good idea of how well each player performs the act of tackling.   I will admit that it's not an exact science.  That said,  I believe using something like MT% is a more accurate way to rate the TAK attribute for Madden 12 players.  Of course, we have no idea what the current procedure is for determining the TAK rating in Madden 12.

    The following is two of my tables, one is for 2011 and one is a 3 year total (2009 -  Week 16, 2011):

TAK = Madden 12 tackle attribute as of Week 16 roster update

Solo = ProFootballFocus solo tackles + sacks (PFF does not record a solo tackle for sacks)

MT = Missed tackles per ProFootballFocus

MT% = MTs/(SoloTak + MTs)

* = Rookie or 1st year player


2011 Season 2011 2011 2011
CB's TAK Solo MT MT%
Winfield 86 37 2 5%
Haden 58 55 3 5%
Browner* 65 49 3 6%
Newman 42 45 3 6%
Sherman* 53 43 3 7%
C.Harris* 62 56 4 7%
A. Williams* 70 26 2 7%
A.Jefferson* 63 64 5 7%
Taylor 66 34 3 8%
Revis 64 44 4 8%
Gilchrist* 70 21 2 9%
Tillman 70 88 9 9%
Rogers 65 37 4 10%
Webb 62 59 7 11%
Jammer 63 42 5 11%
Routt 55 45 6 12%
Clements 72 52 7 12%
Grimes 53 42 6 13%
Joseph 52 44 7 14%
P. Peterson* 66 39 7 15%
Cromartie 54 36 7 16%
Woodson 66 69 15 18%
Bailey 66 34 8 19%
Talib 52 34 8 19%
Greer 56 65 17 21%
Gamble 55 36 10 22%
D. Robinson 64 42 12 22%
Asomugha 57 35 11 24%
Barber 66 67 22 25%
Average 61.83 46.21 6.97 13%
Totals 1340 202 13%




3 year MT% 09'-11' 09'-11' 09'-11'
CB's TAK Solo MT MT%
Haden 58 107 5 4% 10'-11' 
Browner* 65 49 3 6%
Winfield 86 165 11 6%
Sherman* 53 43 3 7%
C.Harris* 62 56 4 7%
Newman 42 175 13 7%
A. Williams* 70 26 2 7%
A.Jefferson* 63 64 5 7%
Tillman 70 229 19 8%
Routt 55 118 11 9%
Gilchrist* 70 21 2 9%
Taylor 66 141 14 9%
Bailey 66 141 14 9%
Revis 64 118 12 9%
Webb 62 137 14 9%
Clements 72 154 17 10%
Joseph 52 150 18 11%
Rogers 65 120 15 11%
Talib 52 127 17 12%
Jammer 63 131 20 13%
Woodson 66 215 35 14%
Cromartie 54 109 18 14%
Grimes 53 172 29 14%
P. Peterson* 66 39 7 15%
D. Robinson 64 148 27 15%
Greer 56 164 31 16%
Barber 66 207 50 19%
Gamble 55 70 18 20%
Asomugha 57 84 24 22%
Total                3480 458 12%
Average61.8

12%



Final thoughts and observations:

1.  The cumulative 3 year MT% (12%) for these 29 CBs and the 2011 MT% (13%) are very similar.  As a group, these 29 CBs are pretty consistent.

2.  For many of these CB's their individual 2011 MT% is very similar to their 3 year MT%.  Does 3 years of data give us a good indication of how well a player performs the act of tackling?  I believe it does.

3.  Should Newman, Webb, Revis, Routt, and Haden really be rated lower in the tackle (TAK) attribute than some like Barber or even Charles Woodson (14% MTs in the last 3 years).  I know, Woodson is a shocker.  Since he is on my IDP fantasy team, I have had the "pleasure" of watching Woodson whiff  on many tackles this season.

4.  The really interesting part of this table, is that it actually shows some accurate ratings as well.  Asomugha,   Gamble, Grimes, and Greer are correctly rated below average.  You could argue that Asomugha and Gamble could actually be lower.  Than you have the Newman/Barber issue, which tops the list of inaccurate ratings.

Thanks for following my blogs.  I hope you enjoy this one.  Remember, this is the first in a series of tackle (TAK) attribute blogs.  I plan to do either safeties or ILB next.  Happy New Year.  Please, "DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE" tonight (or any night for that matter) and don't let anyone else drink and drive.

2 comments:

  1. Are these tackles vs run and pass? Interesting stats..

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  2. Both. Those are the total solo tackles.

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