Inside The Numbers: Tackling, Coaching Salaries, And Unique Offensive Metrics

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Justin Hamilton’s Virginia Tech defense is off to a solid start in 2021. (Ivan Morozov)

This week’s topics for Inside The Numbers include Virginia Tech defensive numbers, coaching staff/coordinator salaries around the ACC, and a couple of interesting offensive metrics that I dug up.

Virginia Tech’s Improved Tackling, And Other Defensive Numbers

Will talked about Virginia Tech’s improved defensive numbers in his Monday Thoughts from this week, and I’ll take it a slight step further and go into a little bit of detail on Virginia Tech’s tackling using Pro Football Focus.  Generally speaking, PFF grades match the eye test.  For example, Georgia ranks No. 1 in the country in tackling grade – as you might expect if you’ve ever watched them play – while Miami ranks No. 129 out of 130 – again, as you might expect if you’ve watched them play.

Virginia Tech is tied for No. 20 nationally in tackling grade so far through the first month of the season.  Obviously 20 out of 130 is good, but how does that compare to past seasons?  Let’s