Tackles are one stat that has always amazed me. I got into a debate with a Redskins fan about whether London Fletcher should be in the pro bowl over Bradie James. Neither made it of course but his argument was that know one had more tackles in the past 6 years than Fletcher. Here was my argument:
If you trust his statistics, he should have been the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year as well. Maybe even the NFL Defensive Player of the Decade.
Willis collected 117 more tackles than the starting NFC middle linebacker in the Pro Bowl (Lofa Tatupu, Seattle Seahawks) and 99 more than the AFC starter (DeMeco Ryans, Houston Texans). Was Willis that much more active, that much more proficient than any other defensive player in the NFL?
There is no doubt that London Fletcher is one hell of a player but tackle stats are a little shaky to me. 28 of the 32 NFL teams do not even consider tackles an official stat.