Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Lot of Sack: Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware Should Learn Their History

If Jared wants to be the alpha defensive end, he should set his goal higher
Conspiracy theorists and New York Giant haters can kvetch and moan about it all they desire, but it won’t change anything.

On January 6, 2002, the last day of the 2001 regular season, Michael Strahan took possession of the NFL’s single-season sack record after a controversial sacking of Brett Favre. Needing just half a sack to tie Mark Gastineau’s 1984 record of 22 quarterback baggings, Strahan was shut out for most of the game.

As the clock was winding to its fourth quarter end, Favre mysteriously slipped while running toward Strahan, and the gap-toothed defensive end two-hand-touched his way into the record books.

Twenty two and a half sacks has stood as the “official” NFL record for over a decade. Since then, a number of All-Pros have come close to taking Strahan’s title away. Last season alone, Minnesota’s Jared Allen and Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware had, respectively, 22 and 19.5 sacks.

In fact, Allen had 3.5 sacks in the last game of the regular season, bringing him oh so close to erasing Strahan’s name off that page.

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