Bengals’ Carlos Dunlap aiming for Michael Strahan’s sack record

AP

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap had a very good first half of this season, with 8.5 sacks through eight games. But he’s setting his sights higher. A lot higher.

Dunlap says his goal is to break Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5 sacks in a season.

“I’d rather shoot high and fall somewhere in between,” Dunlap told ESPN. “I want to hit the ceiling, as well. But that record is something I keep reminding myself of so I can push for that.”

Dunlap would need more than 14 sacks in the next eight games to break Strahan’s record. Considering that Dunlap has never even had 10 sacks in a season, it seems unlikely that he’ll have 14 sacks in eight games.

But it’s realistic to think Dunlap could lead the league in sacks this year. He’s currently tied with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for second, one behind Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, who leads the NFL with 9.5 sacks. Dunlap is having his best season — even if he’s not particularly close to the best pass-rushing season of all time.

18 responses to “Bengals’ Carlos Dunlap aiming for Michael Strahan’s sack record

  1. I’m always concerned when a player places such a high priority on an individual accomplishment. So what happens if next week, he and another player drop the QB and are credited with half a sack? Is he going to spend time lobbying to get credit for the sack by himself? If he’s close at the end of the year, in a close game, is he going to be so focused on getting a sack that he doesn’t see the opposing running back coming to cut him, and the QB gets the pass off for a game-winning TD?

    Individual records are great to have, but they are greatest when you get them in the normal course of doing what you have to do to help the team win.

  2. Bet you’re fun at parties
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    I’m always concerned when a player places such a high priority on an individual accomplishment. So what happens if next week, he and another player drop the QB and are credited with half a sack? Is he going to spend time lobbying to get credit for the sack by himself? If he’s close at the end of the year, in a close game, is he going to be so focused on getting a sack that he doesn’t see the opposing running back coming to cut him, and the QB gets the pass off for a game-winning TD?

    Individual records are great to have, but they are greatest when you get them in the normal course of doing what you have to do to help the team win.

  3. who is the last QB on the schedule and will they be willing to go down on purpose for him?

  4. Dunlap should focus on winning a playoff game. Strahan has a championship ring without the sack record. Hahaha but really why is he talking about sack record with just 8 sacks. Smh

  5. He’s going to be so focused on getting sacks he’ll most likely be a liability on run defense. If he gets close I hope there is another Brett Farve to take a dive so he can break the record like Farve did on Strahan’s record breaking sack.

  6. Personal goals are what guys typically focus on when their team’s definition of success is going one-and-out in the playoffs.

  7. I find it hilarious that anybody really believes he’s sitting in some dark room right now staring at the sack record pinned to the wall repeating over and over “nothing else matters, nothing else matters.” He got asked a question and responded that he’d love to set a record. Who wouldn’t? It doesn’t mean he’s sworn off the run for the rest of the season or is going to start freelancing every down.

  8. laxer37 says:
    Nov 9, 2015 6:58 PM
    Personal goals are what guys typically focus on when their team’s definition of success is going one-and-out in the playoffs.
    __________

    Bengals >>> Steelers and it’s not even close. Guess that’s why you have to spend your time trolling Bengals stories. Get a life.

  9. “Dunlap should focus on winning a playoff game. Strahan has a championship ring without the sack record. Hahaha but really why is he talking about sack record with just 8 sacks. Smh”

    Maybe you could focus on posting an original thought about the Bengals. SMH.

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