Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants is a physical freak. He’s 6’5” and 278 pounds. He ran a 4.71 40-yd dash in the combine. In his second year in the league, at 22 years of age, had 16.5 sacks and was third in the team in tackles. The game that displayed how talented he may become was the game against the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas this past season. He had eight tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and blocked what would’ve been the game tying field goal to win the game. Could he possibly be the guy who breaks Michael Strahan‘s single season sack record?
Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings said today that he thinks he can get 25 sacks in one season. Allen set a career high with 22 last year and fell just short of the record, so why not him? What about JPP though? Because of the depth along the Giant defensive line, you can’t just key on JPP, because otherwise Osi Umenyiora or Justin Tuck will put your quarterback flat on his back. JPP is so young and hasn’t even tapped into his full potential as to what he can do yet. 16.5 sacks is a lot, especially for someone in their second year in the league who hasn’t really played a lot of football in his life. No it’s not Allen’s fault that the Vikings line isn’t as good as the Giants. Can you imagine if he had someone like JPP or Tuck lining up on the opposite side of him?
I’m sure Jason Pierre-Paul would take about 10-15 more super bowl rings over the sack record. As the 2007 Giants said, it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that ring. But breaking records are always fun to talk about. With all due respect to Jared Allen, I’ll take my chances with Pierre-Paul breaking Strahan’s record. It may not be this year, but at some point Pierre-Paul will come very close and may even do it.