Another player climbing the record books that I really enjoy tracking is DeMarcus Ware. Of course that means the record I am looking at is Quarterback Sacks. We recently lost the man who made the QB Sack a work of art. His named was David “Deacon” Jones and he led the charge to the QB for so many years. He was the first ever feared pass rusher. Right now I don’t think any pass rusher is more feared than Ware.
Sacks weren’t an official stat until 1982, so sadly we do not know where Deacon Jones truly stands on the all time list. I have long wished that the NFL would commission a study to be done to go back in their History to track Sacks and Tackles. The Dallas Cowboys are one of a few teams who have done some of this, and because of that we know that DeMarcus Ware does not yet have the unofficial team record for career sacks. That record belongs to “Beautiful” Harvey Martin, whom the Cowboys credit with 113 for his marvelous career.
Barring a major setback Ware will surpass Harvey this year early in the season and then he will begin his rise up the record books. If you take Ware’s career average for sacks in a season, he is on the fastest pace in NFL History. He stands at 111.0 sacks on his career, and that is good for 19th place on the all time list. Last year injuries slowed him down. This year I am praying nothing does. In Monte Kiffin’s system Ware could be a havoc wreaker of incredible proportions.
There are only 3 active players who have more career sacks than Ware does. They are John Abraham, who is nearing the end of his brilliant career, Jared Allen, and Julius Peppers. Of this lot Abraham has the most career sacks at 122, 11 ahead of Ware. I am going to go ahead and predict right now that Ware catches and passes 2 of those 3 active players ahead of him and Abraham is one of them. He could surprise me and have a big year, but it isn’t likely.