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Jared Allen: Single-season sack record “absolutely reachable”

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Vikings defensive end Jared Allen ranks 16th on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 117 for his career, a number that leaves him 83 shy of Bruce Smith’s record for most sacks in a career.

At 31, Allen is realistic about his chances of passing Smith. Allen acknowledges that the “numbers are tough” because he would have to stay healthy enough and active enough to rack up big sack totals for several more years. He’s more optimistic about the single-season sack record of 22.5 held by Michael Strahan, which Allen almost matched in 2011 when he dropped quarterbacks 22 times. Allen calls the record “absolutely reachable” and that he feels the best he’s felt in years after having shoulder and knee surgery this offseason.

“I don’t buy into ’30 and you’re old,’” Allen said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “I feel it’s just like anything — it’s geared towards how you take care of your body, how you mentally prepare for the game and obviously having a coach that manages you well, too. But I do feel like I’m back there. I feel that’s where I’m at mentally, physically, and I feel like we have a team that can even make it better.”

With Adrian Peterson pushing for an NFL-record 2,500 rushing yards, there’s a lot of milestones in the air in Minnesota heading into this season. Neither record may wind up falling, but near misses on those fronts would likely leave the Vikings in good shape when it comes to their team goals. And it would leave Allen in spectacular shape heading into free agency.

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  1. mickmoney says: Jul 30, 2013 9:36 AM

    It’s reachable just not by you

  2. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 30, 2013 9:39 AM

    If he ever comes to Pitt, I’ll hit him with my truck.

    #sixrings

  3. texansdude says: Jul 30, 2013 9:42 AM

    I like his attitude. When you’re trailing JJ Watt by 1.5 to 2 sacks, you should never give up.

  4. tannethrill says: Jul 30, 2013 9:43 AM

    Technically if you subtract Strahan’s BS sack on Favre then Allen holds the record.

  5. irishgary says: Jul 30, 2013 9:45 AM

    What team goals? It’s all individual goals up there, which is why they are losers.

  6. stairwaytoharvin says: Jul 30, 2013 9:46 AM

    This is one record I hope a Viking breaks this year. Means teams are in 5-7 drop mode playing catchup, which should mean we’re winning enough ballgames to make the playoffs

  7. minnesoulja says: Jul 30, 2013 9:51 AM

    logicalvoice is a troll.

    RGIII and his broke ass knee

    “I plan to wear a knee brace this whole season but not any further after that.”

    LOL

    He hurt his knee on a botched handoff… No contact!

    You are in a state of pure lunacy, bro. Wake up.

    And your uber-lame little hash tag attack is old and not funny. Even when it wasn’t old yet, it still wasn’t funny.

    Lets have a real look at humor.

    1. The biggest off season stories for your team is a broken QB and a name change that will take away from your teams history.

    2. Your RB is good, mine is better.

    3. You stink, and I smell good.

    I would continue, but somehow this all feels….

    BELOW ME!

  8. reesesteel23 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:52 AM

    My guess is 16 for the year. That would move him to 9th all time. Amazing

  9. thelastwordyaheard says: Jul 30, 2013 9:56 AM

    Clowney will break the record ..while still in college

  10. 7ransponder says: Jul 30, 2013 9:58 AM

    Contract year, it could very well happen.

    Also: The Mullet is in the process of growing back – Samson will have his power back and be ropin’ fools. Mainly Packer fools, with that porous o-line that just had the chairs on the Titanic shifted around.

  11. essentialsausage says: Jul 30, 2013 9:59 AM

    I hope he doesn’t get the record. He’s already insufferable enough without it.

  12. billhicks666 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:09 AM

    Yes, the single season sack record is infinitely reachable…by JJ Watt. Keep dreaming, Allen.

  13. whatjusthapped says: Jul 30, 2013 10:10 AM

    This gives you real insight into why the Viking fans love this guy. He is truly one of their own; he is as delusional as he is egoistical.

    Just look to the big games that Allen has played in for the Vikings. In the biggest, the NFC Championship game (12th man in the huddle in case you can’t remember), he had zero sacks, 2 tackles in the whole game. Last year’s playoff game, 1 sack. So in that sense, he is true Viking, disappears when the playoffs start. But that overlooks long stretches of games where he can’t be found except standing on the sidelines counting his $14 million dollar salary.

    The Vikings are spending way too much on this clown given his spotty play. But he is the perfect spokesman for the franchise, all talk, no trophies.

  14. Norseman says: Jul 30, 2013 10:11 AM

    Allen had 12 sacks last year and wasn’t healthy all year. He’ll challenge that record again this year.

  15. justintuckrule says: Jul 30, 2013 10:13 AM

    Strahans was a coverage sack. Get over it people.

  16. gb4mn0 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:16 AM

    How can anyone take the vike toads serious when they hate on Favre for giving up a cheap one to Strahan but fawn all over him even though he threw a late interception in the NFCCG that kept them from going to the SB? This perplexing, irrational paradox has to be categorically psychopathic.

  17. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 30, 2013 10:18 AM

    What a terrible franchise.

  18. dcviking says: Jul 30, 2013 10:20 AM

    Maybe Packer fans would like him more if started tweeting about MLB tried to screw Ryan Braun, and that Braun definitely doesn’t take roids…

  19. thegronk87 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:21 AM

    You’re talking about a sacred record held by HOFer….oh wait.

  20. eclipsingbinary says: Jul 30, 2013 10:22 AM

    All that matters this year is Sister Christian.

  21. scoops1 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:23 AM

    have another beer Drunkie McDrunkerton

  22. MDSisAtool says: Jul 30, 2013 10:23 AM

    Please, just take it away from Strahan. That’s all I want!

  23. rpiotr01 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:31 AM

    Deacon Jones used to get, like, 30 sacks a year back in the 60′s. No one is topping that.

  24. bigal5888 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:32 AM

    @whatjusthappened, I think you need some of the purple kool-aid! Dude had 22 sacks 2 years ago and had 12 last year playing with a torn labrum. Of course the season sack record is reachable. He was half a sack away previously. Get off the hater train and come back to reality. By the way, you obviously don’t like the Vikings, so why are you even on this post?

  25. greenandyellowarebabypoopcolorsiwouldrathrwearpink says: Jul 30, 2013 10:38 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 30, 2013 10:10 AM
    This gives you real insight into why the Viking fans love this guy. He is truly one of their own; he is as delusional as he is egoistical.

    Just look to the big games that Allen has played in for the Vikings. In the biggest, the NFC Championship game (12th man in the huddle in case you can’t remember), he had zero sacks, 2 tackles in the whole game. Last year’s playoff game, 1 sack. So in that sense, he is true Viking, disappears when the playoffs start. But that overlooks long stretches of games where he can’t be found except standing on the sidelines counting his $14 million dollar salary.

    The Vikings are spending way too much on this clown given his spotty play. But he is the perfect spokesman for the franchise, all talk, no trophies.
    *******************************************
    cool story bro why dont you tell it again…what you fail to mention is that in his playoff career that is the only game he hasnt recorded a sack:

    08: against eagles; 2 sacks 1 f.f
    09: against dallas; 1 sack 1 f.f
    09: gainst N.0; no sack 2 tackles
    12: against G.B 1 sack 4 tackles….
    remind me again how hes disappeared? Oh yea and for all them texans fans, wait for another season or two before you crown watt, he is good, but he hasnt done it as long, doesnt have as many sacks in a career ( much younger) or in a single season as allen….All we heard 2 years ago was a bout JPP, yea where did that guy go

  26. jerrykill4pres says: Jul 30, 2013 10:38 AM

    The big cheddar head out in gb will be on his back 6-10 times alone!

    My prediction… Some Sunday night in October, Allen hits Sharon so hard, breaks her back and the pukes fall into the cellar. Sharon retires early, Tokyo jumps into a river, and gerby decides to become road kill instead of picking it up. Pack folds up and relocates to LA. Obama pays Canada 1 mil to take Wisconsin off our hands because nobody in the US wants the patriot state of inbreeders to be associated with this great country.

  27. purpleguy says: Jul 30, 2013 10:40 AM

    Pretty fair and reasonable comments, particularly if you read the entire interview. If players give canned answers they’re criticized as boring, but if they’re honest, they’re egotists. It’s refreshing to read quotes from an NFL player that aren’t pre-packaged and boring, as opposed to say Green Bay, where players go to lose their personalities.

  28. beerndrums says: Jul 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    Jared cracks me up.He’s always going for the QB’s knees but if an player goes after him he starts crying to the ref
    It’s actually funny how he acts

  29. rmaxmaicon says: Jul 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    I think DEMARCUS WARE will break the record this year….he looks amazing in camp and will get all the opportunity this year
    To rush The QB more than he has ever done in his career in
    The new 4-3 defense Cowboys are running!!!

  30. thorbjorn1975 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:53 AM

    To all the people out there trolling these posts just to make stupid comments. …… your all idiots and you make your team’s look bad. ..

  31. 737driver69 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:56 AM

    Jared “F”allen is a “has been”, enough said…

  32. dublindemonszfl says: Jul 30, 2013 10:56 AM

    Any way to get Strahan off the record, packers are terrible fans.

  33. sikoix says: Jul 30, 2013 10:56 AM

    You know trolls are reaching for straws when they describe Allen as having “spotty play”. Hate the Vikings if you will, but Allen has been nothing short of a beast for Minnesota. People forget that his signing also helped end the Love Boat period of pain.

  34. golforepar says: Jul 30, 2013 11:10 AM

    Allen thinks too much, his 3rd OWI is far more likely!

  35. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Jul 30, 2013 11:31 AM

    I hope at least 10 of those will be on Rodgers.

    Rodgers loves the calf rope.

  36. dragonfly99 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:47 AM

    It’s interesting that all you hear about is individual goals from Vikings players, but not team goals. I wonder if Greg Jennings will comment on that?

  37. vikings28 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:57 AM

    WOW!! People that say Jared Allen isn’t good are just idiots. This dude is a beast. I hope KARMA catches up with these packer fans. One missed block on this guy and Rodgers could be done for the year. GB fans better hope that T-Rex arms holds up on the left side. JA is tall, has a heck of a reach and dudes just a beast.
    It’d be like me saying Clay Matthews isn’t that good, which is totally false. Clay Matthews is a top 5 NFL Pass Rusher. period.
    Jared Allen is a top 5 NFL Pass Rusher. Period.

  38. vikings28 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:58 AM

    I love how that one dude said JARED ALLEN DOESN’T SHOW UP IN BIG GAMES……..that’s laughable!!!!!
    Then the other guy posted stats!!! LOL $$$$

  39. essentialsausage says: Jul 30, 2013 12:08 PM

    People hate Strahan but like Jared Allen? Allen could have killed someone with his drunk driving. What has Strahan done to be hated?

  40. biff106 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    Good luck with that. Aldon Smith will beat it first.

  41. justintuckrule says: Jul 30, 2013 12:18 PM

    I wish Redskins’ trolls on this site would take note on how trash talking is done correctly. I’m a Giant fan but love coming to these Minn-GB threads to just hear their banter. Truly amusing, witty and original as opposed to, “hey, we won the division last year, what have you done lately”. SNORE! Kudos to the guy who made the “sell Wisconsin to Canada” comment. Good one! Keep em’ coming.

  42. cobaltdriver says: Jul 30, 2013 12:22 PM

    Again I ask…who the f… Is Sharon?

  43. GenXJay says: Jul 30, 2013 12:31 PM

    Sickem’ Jared. Break ShAarons spirit during a sack too.

  44. lnfinite says: Jul 30, 2013 12:47 PM

    A lot of Packer fans spewing their pathetic trash talk must mean the writing on the wall will be Rodgers on IR because of Allen this year.

    Can you smell the fear????

  45. thirdistheworrd says: Jul 30, 2013 12:48 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Jul 30, 2013 10:40 AM
    Pretty fair and reasonable comments, particularly if you read the entire interview. If players give canned answers they’re criticized as boring, but if they’re honest, they’re egotists. It’s refreshing to read quotes from an NFL player that aren’t pre-packaged and boring, as opposed to say Green Bay, where players go to lose their personalities.
    _______________
    One of the truest statements ever said. I hate that aspect of the NFL: how people struggle to distinguish harmless goofballs from locker room cancers. People forget that professional athletes are actually professional entertainers. Consummate professionals like London Fletcher or Larry Bird are great; but sports need their personalities too: their Barkleys, Jared Allens, Chris Cooleys, Dr. J’s, and Ovechkins, even their Rodmans and Ochocincos. It’s also important to recognize that jokers and harmless loudmouths are very different than cancers like Haynesworth, TO, Stephen Marbury, Sean Avery, and Brandon Jacobs

    Peyton is certainly a “consummate professional”, but people seem to conveniently forget that he also loves being in goofy commercials, and is well-known around the NFL as one of the biggest locker-room pranksters in the league.

  46. sikoix says: Jul 30, 2013 12:54 PM

    Say whatever they want, but this guy has 74 sacks, 4 ints, 2 td, 14 forced fumbles, 4 safetys (not including postseason) since signing with the Vikings, and he has been pretty clutch — not garbage time numbers. And he’s been pretty reliable not missing a single game in the last 5 years. It’s going to be a tough decision what to do with him after the season, but I’d like to see him stay in Minnesota if at all possible.

  47. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:57 PM

    These Viking players sure do know how to pad stats. I suppose that’s great, if that’s all that is important to you.

  48. charmcitychampions says: Jul 30, 2013 12:59 PM

    Allen already owns the record in most educated fans views. Everyone knows Strahans has an * on it.
    Favre is an idiot and disrespected the game when he gifted Strahan a sack to break the record.

  49. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:29 PM

    @minnesoulja. Just one question for your fan base. How many SB have you won in your dome.???? How many!!!!!! Stop being bitter and hating on the Burgundy and Gold you just sound so SILLY. Like a 4th grader who lost her boyfriend. As for RGIII he will once again run on your defence for another TD to ice the game. But this time it will be in your dome and in front of National Audience. Who will be laughing and the team with HORNS.!!!!,

  50. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    greenandyellowarebabypoopcolorsiwouldrathrwearpink says:
    Jul 30, 2013 10:38 AM

    Oh yea and for all them texans fans, wait for another season or two before you crown watt, he is good, but he hasnt done it as long, doesnt have as many sacks in a career ( much younger) or in a single season as allen
    _______________________________

    Watt is an interior lineman not an edge rusher…

    Comparing Allen’s sacks to Watt’s would be like comparing them to Haloti Njata’s…

    Most edge rushers like Jared Allen pin their ears back and go after the QB and completely ignore the run. JJ Watt can’t do that as his primary responsibility is stopping the run, which he was one of the best at, if not THE best, last year. The average yards gained on a tackle he made in the run game last year was 0.16 yards. If you combine his sacks into that number it’s negative yards…

    Jared Allen is good and JJ is still new but he had a better season last year than Allen’s 22 sack season.

  51. bigjim50010 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:59 PM

    “smell the Fear” ? From the Vikings?
    hahahahahahahahaha!

    Yes we fear them so much.

    They are so good all the time, win so many of the big games, year in year out conf champs.

    50 years of greatness…

    there has never been a team who has had so much talent consistently do so little with it.

    smell that fear….

  52. burrito12 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:09 PM

    Sure are a lot of individual goals on this team? I guess they need something for the trophy case?

  53. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:23 PM

    I really don’t care if Allen gets 50 sacks as long as the Packers keep on beating them twice per year.

  54. Advanced Strength Training Programs says: Jul 30, 2013 2:48 PM

    Playing against Detroit and Green Bay twice, who throw the ball 40 times a game will help but he isn’t hitting that record.

  55. ktm300xcwe says: Jul 30, 2013 3:03 PM

    Watt is an interior lineman not an edge rusher…

    Comparing Allen’s sacks to Watt’s would be like comparing them to Haloti Njata’s…

    Most edge rushers like Jared Allen pin their ears back and go after the QB and completely ignore the run. JJ Watt can’t do that as his primary responsibility is stopping the run, which he was one of the best at, if not THE best, last year. The average yards gained on a tackle he made in the run game last year was 0.16 yards. If you combine his sacks into that number it’s negative yards…

    Jared Allen is good and JJ is still new but he had a better season last year than Allen’s 22 sack season.
    __________________________________

    Yep, that may be true, but before you start spouting crap about JJ Watt, just know the Vikings have had TWO, not one, TWO interior lineman better than JJ Watt in their history: Alan Page and Keith Millard. In their history the Vikings have had now THREE very successful defensive lines:

    1968-1978
    1 NFL Championship
    3 NFC Championships
    4 Super Bowl appearances
    10 NFC Central Divisional Titles
    2 Hall of Famers

    Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, Alan Page, Gary Larsen/Doug Sutherland

    1985-1989
    Chris Doleman
    Keith Millard
    Henry Thomas
    Doug Martin/Al Noga
    5 straight playoff appearances
    3 Division Titles
    1 NFC Title Game
    1 Hall of Famer

    2008-2012
    Jared Allen
    Kevin Williams
    Pat Williams/Letroy Guion
    Ray Edwards/Brian Robison
    2 Division Titles
    3 Playoff appearances

    Don’t come here talking smack about defensive line play, The Vikings were among a couple others(Fearsome Foursome, Doomsday, Steel Curtain)who wrote the book.

  56. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 30, 2013 4:01 PM

    I’d say that Jared Allen *was* a top 5 pass rusher, but I don’t think so any more.

    JJ Watt, Clay Matthews, Cameron Wake, Von Miller, and Aldon Smith would be my top 5, in no particular order.

  57. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 5:37 PM

    ktm300xcwe says: Jul 30, 2013 3:03 PM

    Don’t come here talking smack about defensive line play, The Vikings were among a couple others……who wrote the book.

    *************************************************

    And that book was called “Underachieving In Superbowls – A Hapless And Tasteless Odyssey”.

  58. axespray says: Jul 30, 2013 7:02 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says:
    Jul 30, 2013 9:39 AM
    “If he ever comes to Pitt, I’ll hit him with my truck.

    #sixrings”
    ———————-
    If he ever came to Pitt, LaMarr would be out of the job – replaced by a dude that actually gives effort.

  59. suckit619 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:09 PM

    Not gonna happen, considering J’Marcus Webb is playing on the right side for the Bears now and can’t singlehandedly give up 10 sacks by himself

  60. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 30, 2013 11:15 PM

    whatjusthapped says:Jul 30, 2013 10:10 AM

    Just look to the big games that Allen has played in for the Vikings. In the biggest, the NFC Championship game (12th man in the huddle in case you can’t remember), he had zero sacks, 2 tackles in the whole game. Last year’s playoff game, 1 sack.
    ________

    You know, if you get 1 sack a game you finish with 16 sacks. That’s pretty good. When was the last time a Packer had 16 sacks in a season? I’ll wait.

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