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Jared Allen thinks 25 sacks in a season is possible

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Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is coming off an amazing 22-sack season.

But falling a half-sack short of Michael Strahan’s single-season record had him agonizing over the ones he didn’t get.

“Before you get that close, you’re not really sure if it’s attainable,” Allen said, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. “You think it is, because you always think if someone did it, I could do it. But being right there and actually leaving some stuff on the field — they took the one away in Green Bay, they gave it a team sack — and there were a couple in my arms that I didn’t get it.

“Or the ones that I was that close. The ones at the end of the year… It was kinda like, ‘Ah, bummed out. Now I’m 23 away again, versus one away.’ But when you start working out again, it’s motivation. How can I push myself just a little further?”

Allen said he thinks conditioning can make the difference in extending last year’s mark, and when asked how many sacks in a season are realistic, said he thought 25 was a possibility.

“I think 25 is possible,” Allen said. “I thinks someone will eventually get it. Look at some of the athletes, the DeMarcus Ware’s of the league and the matchups he creates as a 3-4 guy on a running back or something. I think it’s possible.

“Then again, no one’s ever had two 20-sack seasons in their career in the history of the NFL. So, someone’s gotta do that first. Like I said, I believe 25 is a number that will get hit one year. But when, I don’t know?”

Allen sounds motivated to get there himself, otherwise, he might have to resort to a second career in Night Ops Golf.

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25 Responses to “Jared Allen thinks 25 sacks in a season is possible”
  1. r0b1b0y says: Jun 19, 2012 3:02 PM

    if last year’s Vikings would have been a team with leads going into the 4th qtr, consequently having opposing teams passing more, it is entirely reasonable to think he would have obtained 50 sacks

  2. r0b1b0y says: Jun 19, 2012 3:03 PM

    not freaking 50 sacks, meant to say 25 sacks….sorry for pulling a Goodell

  3. descendency says: Jun 19, 2012 3:08 PM

    It would help a lot if he could go against the Vikings offense.

  4. apooster says: Jun 19, 2012 3:14 PM

    If former Vikings and Packer QB hadn’t laid down for Strahan, Allen would have record. Ironic?

  5. mike bonserio says: Jun 19, 2012 3:17 PM

    25 sacks is possible and i cant wait to see JPP get that this year!

  6. greymares says: Jun 19, 2012 3:18 PM

    If his buddy Brett didn’t lay down for Strahan he would be the record holder

  7. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 19, 2012 3:25 PM

    Apparently you can’t say “anyone who can go 130 yards on a Slip ‘n’ Slide should be able to get 25 sacks.”

  8. pound30 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:30 PM

    Definitely give Allen props for saying Demarcus Ware types and not Jared Allen’s. Though he is as good of a pass rusher I think. Ware might be a tad better at everything else which makes him a more complete LB. IMHO

  9. 7ransponder says: Jun 19, 2012 3:34 PM

    He wasn’t a half sack short, he tied the record as Strahan’s record needs to have a star on it considering he was handed the record on a silver platter by Mr. Ironman, Favre.

  10. jessethegreat says: Jun 19, 2012 3:34 PM

    If he consistently went up against my old Packers line, he’d surely get there.

    I don’t like the Vikings, but Jared is one of the athletes in the entire league that I respect the most… and that’s saying a LOT coming from a die hard lifelong Packers fan.

    If anyone in the league will get 25 in a year, Jared would be one of the safest bets on who gets it. Dude’s got an insane motor…. and to think, with all the jerks in the league, a guy can still approach him wearing a Packers hat, and he still shakes your hand and wishes you well. Love that guy and wish he were on my team instead of the opponent’s!

  11. vikesorgtfo says: Jun 19, 2012 3:37 PM

    The best thing about Jared, and the reason he was .5 sacks away last year, is because he plays 100% EVERY snap. On a 3-13 team that was being blown out in some games, he wanted to be in there and he never let up. He deserves every penny he makes.

  12. purple4reak says: Jun 19, 2012 3:38 PM

    22 sacks with one of the worst secondaries ever compiled by a professional football team…one very impressive accomplishment by Mr. Allen!

  13. purpleguy says: Jun 19, 2012 3:40 PM

    I find it interesting that Allen didn’t necessarily say “he’d” get the 25 sacks, but that the record was attainable. He may be nonconforming white trash, but for a guy of his talent, his ego sure is in check.

  14. monkeyhateclean says: Jun 19, 2012 3:45 PM

    Since the league will inevitably go to an 18 game season, I’d say Mr. Allen is correct.

  15. diehardtwinsfan says: Jun 19, 2012 3:51 PM

    Allen is a class act by every definition of the word… by far my favorite Viking.

    I should note that his 22 is even more impressive given that fact that he likely didn’t get a single coverage sack. That secondary was beyond horrible. Hopefully with the improvements that were made to it, Allen might find himself with a few more opportunities this year.

  16. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 19, 2012 4:02 PM

    pound30 says:Jun 19, 2012 3:30 PM

    Definitely give Allen props for saying Demarcus Ware types and not Jared Allen’s. Though he is as good of a pass rusher I think. Ware might be a tad better at everything else which makes him a more complete LB. IMHO
    ________

    No question Ware is a more complete LB than Allen. Of course, Allen is a DE.

  17. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 19, 2012 4:09 PM

    pound30 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:30 PM

    Definitely give Allen props for saying Demarcus Ware types and not Jared Allen’s. Though he is as good of a pass rusher I think. Ware might be a tad better at everything else which makes him a more complete LB. IMHO
    ————————
    Ware is a great player but you don’t know what you are even saying. So many things wrong with what you said… First Jared Allen is a defensive end not a linebacker so Ware cannot be a more complete LB in comparison to Allen because Allen is a DE. Second, Ware is not a complete LB, not even in comparison for being more complete with other LBs. He is never used in pass coverage and only has 1 int to his name. If anything Allen is a more complete player as he plays against the pass, run and is asked to go into pass coverage at times. Hell Allen has more INTs in pass coverage.

  18. pape27 says: Jun 19, 2012 4:12 PM

    As far as i am concerned, the single season sack record is already held by Jared Allen and Mark Gastineau.

    Michael “The Gapped Tooth Wonder” Strahans “record” is bogus. We all know it.

  19. lionboy23 says: Jun 19, 2012 5:04 PM

    Al “Bubba” Baker had an “unofficial” 23 sacks his rookie year of 1978 for the Lions because they didn’t start counting them as a statistic until 1982. That ought to be the NFL record.

  20. pixelito says: Jun 19, 2012 5:14 PM

    OK Jared, Good luck with that…. You’ll never come close to Strahan’s record again.

  21. cooklynn17 says: Jun 19, 2012 5:37 PM

    It is,……….for Pierre-Paul

  22. henrykissingerisgod says: Jun 19, 2012 5:40 PM

    The amazing thing about Jared Allen’s individual dominance is that he has no impact on team success whatsoever. The vikings were 25th in yards allowed, gave up the most passing touchdowns, had the fewest interceptions, ranked 31st in completion percentage against and had the highest opposing qb rating.

  23. jimiinpa says: Jun 19, 2012 5:53 PM

    25 sacks , just not by him

  24. jessethegreat says: Jun 19, 2012 9:06 PM

    henrykissingerisgod says: Jun 19, 2012 5:40 PM

    The amazing thing about Jared Allen’s individual dominance is that he has no impact on team success whatsoever. The vikings were 25th in yards allowed, gave up the most passing touchdowns, had the fewest interceptions, ranked 31st in completion percentage against and had the highest opposing qb rating.
    —————————————————-
    I don’t care if you’re another fellow Packer fan (don’t know, don’t care), but you’re just a HATER. Imagine how many more yards, 1st downs and scoring drives other teams would have had if the Vikings didn’t have Allen. He makes his team better, period. If anything, he made the atrocious secondary last year look better than they were.

  25. silverbleedblack says: Jun 20, 2012 1:42 AM

    I was so happy the day this guy left the Chiefs.

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