Adams is money when it comes to tackling

Posted by Darren Urban on June 22, 2011 – 11:25 am

It’s been mentioned more than a few times that cornerback Michael Adams is pound-for-pound perhaps the best tackler the Cards have on defense. Now there are some stats to back it up. A new study by shows the defensive players who are most effective in making the tackle after a pass reception, and “Money Mike” is listed as the second-best cornerback in the NFL, percentage-wise, in 2010. Adams is credited with 47 percent “successful” tackle rate (14 in 30 chances), behind only the Eagles’ Asante Samuel.

(Clarification: The success rate means of the 30 tackles Adams made on pass catchers, 14 were considered successes. FO’s Aaron Schatz said Adams had three missed tackles last year, about average.)

Adams has shortcomings because of his size, but there are good reasons why he has stuck on the roster. One is his superb special teams play. Another is his fundamental tackling skills, which would only seem to help in his quest to stick around seeing that new defensive coordinator Ray Horton has professed his love for defensive backs who can tackle.

The Cards actually had a handful of defenders who landed on the “best” lists for tackling on pass plays. Adrian Wilson was on the best list for safeties (although third safety Rashad Johnson was on the “worst” side) while Paris Lenon tied for the best percentage (54) among linebackers and Daryl Washington also ended up on the best linebackers list.

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19 Responses to “Adams is money when it comes to tackling”

  1. By Chris on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    Didn’t be miss Aaron Rodgers on a blitz in the playoffs that could have potentially ended the game sooner?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    Chris —

    RE: Rodgers miss

    The missed tackle cost the Cards three points in that game. But it was at the end of the first half, so there was still 30 minutes left.

  3. By Chris on Jun 23, 2011 | Reply

    That’s what it was. I was watching the game over trying to find that play lol.

  4. By D on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    Money Mike is a solid 4th corner and special teamer..our secondary is looking solid. Now we just need some more LB help and a DT backup and we could improve greatly as a defense

  5. By tom on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    i hope we keep this guy as a 4th corner and nickel if someone gets hurt… and special teams too!

  6. By Peter in Canada on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    I question the value of this statistic. Yes it is better to make the tackle than miss the tackle after a completion but it is better in most cases to stop the pass from being completed. In most of these cases the person making the tackle is probably the one covering the pass receiver. Darren am I missing the tackle on this?

  7. By Darren Urban on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    Peter —

    RE: tackle vs pas breakup

    Obviously, you would rather have the pass breakup. But that’s not what the article was about.

  8. By Skiptim on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –

    Is he so money, he doesn’t even know it?

  9. By Chris B on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    they the same thing for DL and Branch made the list at #3:
    Best Run Stop Rates for DL, 2010 (min. 30 Plays)
    Player/ Team / Run Stop Rate/ Run Plays/ Run Dft / RunYd/Play
    99-L.Houston OAK 91% 33 7 1.3
    71-A.Garay SD 90% 41 7 1.7
    78-A.Branch ARI 90% 30 8 1.7

  10. By McNab's future on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    I believe in adams after GOD

  11. By Robert Malicki on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    Comments on the skills and professionalism of Mike Adams above are spot on.
    He reminds me of a much appreciated cornerback from 1967 -1967, Pat Fischer. He had talent and a bigger heart than stature and became a starter,a very competent one. Very resjpected around the league, he was a integral member of “The Over the Hill Gang” for the Redskins, following his Big Red days. The greatest defensive mind in the history of the NFL,George Allen,says Fischer was the finest corenerback and best tackler he ever saw. While Adams would likely never have the chance to be a starter in today’s NFL he is a valued and respected member of the team and a joy to watch. You have to keep and eye on him because you never know when he will come up with a big play.

  12. By Kurt on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    Michael Adams has remained a fan favorite, and that designation is well deserved. Hopefully Ray Horton will feel the love and find a place for Michael “Mighty Mouse” Adams

  13. By Kent on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    DB’s who play further from the LOS inherently have a lower success rate than those who play closer to the LOS.

    Wilson was among the league leaders in missed tackles this season, but becasue he plays in the box often, he has a chance to create these “Wins”, which are based on the yards gained in specific yards to go downs.

    I.E any stop on 3rd or 4th down short of the first down is considered a success.

    As mentioned before with Wilson, Lenon was also one of the worst in the league for missing tackles, but as a LB he is expected to make stops before the first down marker on any play he makes.

  14. By drummer-1 on Jun 22, 2011 | Reply

    A little off topic… Darren could you tell Kurt Warner Happy Birthday for me. Maybe he’ll come mentor Skelton for a year..

  15. By Ditship on Jun 23, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve always been an Adams fan. Though I think you should have used the Photo of him ready to do some boxing with Fitz above. It cracks me up.

  16. By cards62 on Jun 23, 2011 | Reply

    Adams as a person and special teamer and coach I like. Adams as a defensive back I hate. He is the worse I have ever seen and I live in fear every time he is back in coverage. The stats that are most important are W and L and points allowed and then yards given up. Our defense was horrible in all of these phases last year. GIve me a defense that gets off the field without giving up points this is what I want. Paris Lenon made a lot of tackles last year but almost always too far down the field which lead to first down after first down to points.
    Deion Sanders was a very poor tackler, but he can play on my defense any day.

    Off Subject – read an interesting article on NFL.COM where writer thinks only Kolb will be dealt and he will go to our Cardinals or Seahawks for a first rounder, but that no one would give a second for Kyle Orton. I like them both, but I would give a second rounder for Orton over a first rounder for Kolb and then I would also try to sign Vince Young or Marc Bulger or Matt Hasselbeck if he was released.

    Go Cards!

  17. By CZarr on Jun 23, 2011 | Reply


    I couldn’t find your email so I’ll just put it here. Someone else may have already suggested this, but if you’re still looking for article ideas you could do an “all Cardinals team”. Basically construct a depth chart of the all-time best players the Cardinals have had past/present.

  18. By Tom on Jun 24, 2011 | Reply

    It’s funny that so many fans link the Money Mike nickname to the quote from the movie Swingers, when in reality the nickname comes from the movie Friday After Next with the tiny pimp named Money Mike.

  19. By Dallas boy on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    He wa like deion in highschool and college give him a lil time da haters gone jump on money mikes band wagon wait n see he’s da truth just ask da guy who practice wit him and the coaches who watch him u think he would b in da nfl this long wit dat height if he wasnt talented go check out sum old footage .

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