Posted by Mike Lynch on October 17, 2018
NOTE: THIS POST WAS EDITED ON 12/11/18 TO REFLECT THAT WE ARE ONLY CARRYING QB HITS BACK TO 2006 NOW
Officially tracked statistics in football often do a poor job of describing or summarizing events on the field. This can be especially true for defensive players. To help rectify this, we've added some new defensive statistics to the site.
All of these statistics are recorded in official NFL Gamebooks and are available as far back as 1999. Tackles for Loss is recorded for ~95% of games from 1999 to 2007 and all games since 2008.
QB Hits is recorded for ~90% of games from 1999 to 2002, ~10% of games from 2003 to 2005 and 100% of games since 2006. (IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION, THANKS TO THE EXPERTISE OF NICK WEBSTER, THAT THE NFL USED A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DEFINITION FOR WHAT CONSTITUTED QB HITS FROM 1999 TO 2005, SO WE HAVE REMOVED THOSE TOTALS AND ARE ONLY PRINTING QB HITS BACK TO 2006 NOW). Passes Defended has full coverage back to 1999. These can all be found in player game logs, box scores and are searchable in the Player Game Finder and Player Season Finder in the Play Index
Tackles for Loss
Most in a Season since 1999: 39 by J.J. Watt in 2012
Most in Career since 1999: 187 by Terrell Suggs
Most in a Game since 1999: 6 (done 4 times)
Most in a Season since 2006: 51 by J.J. Watt in 2014
Most in a Career since 2006: 241 by J.J. Watt
Most in a Game since 2006: 10 by J.J. Watt on November 1, 2015 vs Titans
Most in a Season since 1999: 31 by Darrelle Revis in 2009
Most in a Career since 1999: 203 by Champ Bailey
Most in a Game since 1999: 7 (done twice)
Additionally, we've re-worked how we present tackles, and for all years since 1994 we show Solo Tackles, Assisted Tackles and Combined Tackles (which is the sum of the first two numbers). All of these figures are unofficial, but they come from official documents: NFL Gamebooks. Prior to 1994, we have only combined tackles and the numbers are cobbled together from various sources and generally less reliable.
We hope you enjoy these additions. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback