Griffin now the second worst tackling safety in AFCS?

Grant Halverson

Which new AFCS safety has stolen Michael Griffin's "worst tackler award"?

Though the Texans did add a future Hall of Fame ball-hawking safety, the also added a Hall of Shame tackler in Ed Reed.


According to Football Outsiders, Michael Griffin's broken tackle rate of 20.9% was bumped to number two in the division by Ed Reed's disappointing 22.7.

Now, let me preface by saying Ed Reed is a great safety. He permanently takes away the deep middle of the field and he has the knowledge and experience to be a vocal leader on a Super Bowl defense even if he never had to do so in Baltimore.

So what does that mean exactly? Well it means that what was once a strength for the Texans (their run defense) is now dependent on Brian Cushing's newly repaired ACL, and is even more at risk now that Ed Reed looks to earn a starting job. It also means that if the Titans can make good on their mission statement to be a running team, then the AFCS champions may need to watch over their shoulder.

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