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Major Sack Deployment

The fall of some sack masters.

Major Sack Deployment

(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Jason Babin's fall from the ranks of the elite sack-masters to just another pass-rusher is not unprecedented in the league. It's not even unprecedented in Philadelphia.

Since sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982, a player has registered 18 or more of them in a season 21 times. That includes Babin and two other players who did so last season (bold in the list below).

Other than the following season being one shortened because of a work stoppage (w) or a player being injured (i), the biggest one-year sack dropoffs of those belong to Tim Harris (who went from 19.5 in 1989 to just seven in 1990) and the Eagles’ Clyde Simmons (19 in 1992, five in 1993).

Simmons’ dropoff is easily explained as all-timer Reggie White (who owns three of the 18-sack seasons himself) moved on to Green Bay following the 1992 season, and opposing teams had one less monument to block, making it easier for them to key on Simmons.

Now, it appears that Babin will have a chance of bettering his 2012 sack total (5.5) in Jacksonville.

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Players with 18 or more sacks in a season and how they fared the next year: 

 Player  Year  GP  Sacks  Year  GP  Sacks
 Micheal Strahan  2001  16  22.5  2002  16  11
 Jared Allen  2011  16  22  2012  11    7
 Mark Gastineau  1984  16  22  1985  16  13.5
 Chris Doleman  1989  16  21  1990  16  11
 Reggie White  1987  12-s  21  1988  16  18
 Lawrence Taylor  1986  16  20.5  1987  12-s  12
 Derrick Thomas  1990  15  20  1991  16  13.5
 DeMarcus Ware  2008  16  20  2009  16  11
 Tim Harris  1989  16  19.5  1990  16    7
 DeMarcus Ware  2011  16  19.5  2012  11  10
 Mark Gastineau  1983  16  19  1984  16  22
 Clyde Simmons  1992  16  19  1993  16    5
 Bruce Smith  1990  16  19  1991    5-i    1.5
 Dexter Manley  1986  16  18.5  1987  11-s    8.5
 Michael Strahan  2003  16  18.5  2004    8-i    4
 Jason Taylor  2002  16  18.5  2003  16  13
 Andre Tippett  1984  16  18.5  1985  16  16.5
 Jason Babin  2011  16  18  2012  11    5.5
  Keith Millard  1989  16  18  1990    4-i    2
 Reggie White  1986  16  18  1987  12-s  21
 Reggie White  1988  16  16  1989  16  11

 

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