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New Defensive Stats Added to Pro Football Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on October 17, 2018

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. 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)

QB Hits

Most in a Season since 1999: 51 by J.J. Watt in 2014

Most in a Career since 1999: 230 by DeMarcus Ware & J.J. Watt

Most in a Game since 1999: 10 by J.J. Watt on November 1, 2015 vs Titans

Passes Defended

Most in a Season since 1999: 31 by Darrelle Revis in 2009

Most in a Career since 1999: 186 by Terence Newman

Most in a Game since 1999: 6 (done 8 times)

As you can see, J.J. Watt will set the "record" for career QB Hits with his next one.

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

4 Responses to “New Defensive Stats Added to Pro Football Reference”

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  3. Jared Nixon Says:

    Can y'all add PFF grades for each NFL player since 2006 when Pro Football Focus started tracking and grading every play like y'all did with ESPN's Total QBR.

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