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Gibril Wilson's Amazing Productivity Against The Run In 2008

Jan 15, 2009 2:51 PM EST

Gibril Wilson was signed to a lucrative $39 million contract by the Raiders last offseason, and he certainly earned much of his 2008 salary as far as his usage.

From Aaron Schatz of FootballOutsiders.com:

'According to our individual defense stats, Gibril Wilson made 87 run plays this season (i.e. tackles or assists). That ranks seventh in the entire league -- D'Qwell Jackson of Cleveland was first with 106 -- but more importantly, the gap between Wilson and the rest of the league's safeties is colossal. Lawyer Milloy and Yeremiah Bell tied for second among safeties with just 58 run plays each. That would rank 45th among all defensive players. Not only that, but Wilson made his average run play after a gain of 4.7 yards, which is two yards closer than the average safety.

Maybe Wilson was playing in the box most of the time, but still, these numbers are ridiculous -- and honestly, it isn't like it did much good because Oakland ranked 26th in run defense DVOA.

'I currently have individual defense stats figured back to 1999, and Wilson ends up with more run plays than any safety in the database. The previous record was 86 run plays by Pat Tillman in 2000. Of course, Tillman was making his average play after a gain of 7.7 yards, which is a bit different from Wilson. The other thing to note is that in every other year, there are a few safeties with at least 60 run plays.'

Via FootballOutsiders.com