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Missed Tackles by Defenders

Football Outsiders, in addition to running statistical analysis on NFL games, also employs dozens of volunteer game charters to pick up on things missed by the basic box score. Missed tackles is one of these categories. Football Outsiders recently shared some of the best and worst tackling defenders per their game charting. Several Vikings figure prominently. Here's the link. Let's hit the highlights.

First, the good news: Erin Henderson was recorded missing just two tackles in 2012 (three in 2011) and made it into the top ten of lowest missed tackle rates by linebackers with just a 3.1% miss rate. Also, by this analysis the Vikings were wise to let Jasper Brinkley go. He missed 11 tackles, which when compared to his solo tackle count of 78, gives him a missed tackle rate of 12.4%. This was fourth worst among linebackers. Curiously enough, a potential replacement for Brinkley ranks even higher. Yep, Brian Urlacher missed eight tackles but only had 56 solo tackles, for a rate of 12.5%. In 2011, Urlacher's rate was just 3.2%. This could be a sign that Urlacher is slowing down.

Now, the bad news. Harrison Smith matched Brinkley's missed tackle count of eleven, although Smith's missed rate was lower due to having more solo tackles. Kevin Williams led all defensive linemen with six misses. Overall, the Vikings defense missed 5.7% of tackle opportunities, which was tenth worst in the league.

None of the other Vikings players were either sufficiently good or bad at missed tackles to maerit mention in the article.

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