The Jaguars pass rush if off to a torrid start to the 2017 season. Through four games, or 1/4 of the season, the Jaguars have taken down opposing QBs an amazing 18 times. Their run defense has, at times, left a lot to be desired (certainly in their week four loss to the Jets), but for a franchise that has struggled to pressure opposing QBs for most of the last decade this Jaguars pass rush is something to celebrate.
The current record for team sacks in a season is held by the 1984 Chicago Bears. They were able to rack up a breath taking 72 sacks that year in route to a NFC Central division title. That pass rushing unit was led by Richard Dent (17 sacks), Dan Hampton (11.5 sacks), Steve McMichael (10 sacks), and a host of other impressive defenders. While the '85 Bears defense is considered by many to be the greatest of all time, the '84 version was just as impressive.
For the Jaguars to tie the Bears record that has stood for nearly 33 years they'll need to average 4.5 sacks per game for the remainder of the 2017 season. It seems unlikely that the Jaguars will be able to keep up with such a pace, but it certainly isn't impossible. After a monster 10 sack performance in week one against the Texans the Jaguars have recorded two sacks against the Titans, four against the Ravens, and five against the Jets. Calais Campbell is leading the way for the Jaguars with five and a half sacks on the season, but he's not the only regular contributor in the sack column. Second year player Yannick Ngakoue has four sacks and three forced fumbles, while former third overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. has three sacks of his own. Malik Jackson and Lerentee McCray have each added a sack and a half. This dynamic pass rushing front for the Jaguars is sure to wreak havoc for the rest of 2017, but will they be able to push for the all time record? Only time will tell.
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