Calais Campbell on pace for 22 sacks, but not thinking about the NFL record

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Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell has a career-high 11 sacks just halfway through the season, putting him on pace for 22 in 16 games. That means he has a chance at Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5.

But Campbell says he’s not thinking about the league record, or anything beyond beating the Chargers on Sunday.

“I just try to figure out how to win this next game,” Campbell said. “If we get close to [the record] we’ll see, but right now I’m just trying to make a difference in the game.”

Campbell said the Jacksonville defense is putting him in a better position to get to the quarterback than he has been in previously in his NFL career. He already has more sacks this year than ever before in his career, and he might just end up with more sacks than any player since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. But he is not thinking about that.

23 responses to “Calais Campbell on pace for 22 sacks, but not thinking about the NFL record

  1. I think a lot of Bills fans like to think that Jim Schwartz deserves all the credit for building such a great defense in Buffalo in 2014. When in reality, I think Marrone equally deserves as much credit for building that top-3 defense.

    I find these defenses very similar: a downright nasty front four, complimented by a very solid secondary. In 2014 each member of the Bill’s front four received at least 1 all pro vote, 3 went to the pro bowl, and 3 finished with 10+ sacks. Wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happens with JAX this year.

    As much as I hate to give Marrone credit as a Bills fan, there’s no denying what he has done so far is (once again) showing great results.

  2. I love the blueprint the Jags laid down to build that defense. Every year I would see them add quality pieces and it finally came together. The Campbell signing is what set it all off. I was hoping that would be the way we would have done it in Oakland. Campbell would have changed our defense and gave Mack some much needed help. It would have helped in other aspects of the defense as well but I have to stop expecting Reggie to see things the way I see them. A person with my Football IQ is literally one in 25 million but I am not here to talk about my greatness, mad props to the Jags for putting this defense together.

  3. DeMarcus Lawrence was leading all pass rushers in sacks all season up until last week, and is just 1/2 sack behind Campbell. No featured articles on my guy. That’s ok though. Let’s see who’s leading at the end of the year.

  4. It’s nice, and rare, to see a FA signing turn out so well. Not just for the Jaguars, but for anyone. Rarely does a player have his best season on his second team.

  5. The Jags are now being noticed and it’s great to see it finally happening down there.

    They won’t be surprising people anymore though and I fully expect the remaining opponents to run the ball more against them and use a lot of draws and screens too.

    We’ll see how they adjust.

  6. Calais is a Monster. Yes he is on pace for the record, but that guy doesn’t care about that, he cares about winning and helping other teammates out in any way he can. Also what isn’t talked about in this article is how he brought Leadership, Will to Win and Professionalism to Jags locker room. Hands down a pro’s pro. Go Jaguars !!!

  7. rageviral says:
    November 8, 2017 at 10:11 am
    Can’t wait for them to fall flat on their faces. They’re due for a beating, roll on week 17.
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    You can say that about ANY winning team. You don’t think some people are hoping the same thing about the Eagles? Or Saints? However that doesn’t make it valid. It’s probably safe to say you’re basing this opinion (and I stress the use of the word opinion) of seeing the Jags have a losing record the past 10 years. It’s also safe to say you’re in denial and haven’t watch this Defense play this year. So I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for this “beating” to occur very soon.

  8. Campbell just needs to find some QBs who will lay down for him and a sympathetic offensive lineman to whiff on the blocking as long as you don’t hurt the QB on the way to the “record”.

  9. This pre season, Card fans laughed this off, losing Calais. As a Seahawk fan, I kept telling them….from an outside set of eyes, they were blind. The unfortunate thing is that Seattle still has to face him on the road in Jacksonville here in a few weeks.

  10. ipeefreelyagain says:
    November 8, 2017 at 9:08 am
    DeMarcus Lawrence was leading all pass rushers in sacks all season up until last week, and is just 1/2 sack behind Campbell. No featured articles on my guy. That’s ok though. Let’s see who’s leading at the end of the year.
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    No doubt Lawrence is having a great year, but typically sports reporting does not focus on the 2nd best at something. There are no stories about the 2nd leading passer, 2nd fastest guy in the Olympics, 2nd place finisher in the Indy 500. There is a reason for that. If you ain’t first, you’re last! – Ricky Bobby

  11. granadafan says:
    November 8, 2017 at 11:28 am
    Campbell just needs to find some QBs who will lay down for him and a sympathetic offensive lineman to whiff on the blocking as long as you don’t hurt the QB on the way to the “record”.

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    If memory serves me correct, a lineman wasn’t blocking Strahan on the play that has everybody crying.

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