As of right now, the NFL player with the most sacks is Chandler Jones of the Arizona Cardinals. He’s had an impressive season so far, racking up 13.5 sacks.
The current sack leaders in the NFL
As of Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season, the current sack leaders are:
1. T.J. Watt – Pittsburgh Steelers – 9 sacks
2. Shaquil Barrett – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 8.5 sacks
3. Myles Garrett – Cleveland Browns – 8 sacks
4. Za’Darius Smith – Green Bay Packers – 7.5 sacks
5. Melvin Ingram – Los Angeles Chargers – 7 sacks
The history of the sack
In the National Football League (NFL), a sack occurs when the quarterback (QB) is tackled behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a forward pass, when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage in the “pocket” and his intent is unclear, or when a passer goes out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage due to fear of being sacked. In the NFL since 2012, quarterbacks have been sacked on average once every 13.7 pass attempts.
The term “sack” was first popularized by Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones in the 1960s, who felt that a sack should be worth more than a tackle. To date, however, there is no official record of how many times Jones actually sacked an opposing quarterback. The NFL only began keeping official track of sacks in 1982.
At first, only sacks by defenders were recorded, but in 1999 the league began crediting defensive players with half sacks and eventually started counting tackles for a loss as sacks. As of the end of the 2019 NFL season, there have been 15,268 recorded sacks in NFL history; 11,707 of those were by defenders, and 3,561 were by offensive players (tackles for a loss). Of those 15,268 recorded sacks, 6,414 were credited as full (1.0) sacks, 5242 were credited as half (.5) sacks, and 3388 were tackles for a loss.
The player with the most career sacks is currently Bruce Smith with 200.5; he played from 1985 to 2003 for the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. The most sacks in a season is 22.5 which was set by Michael Strahan in 2001; that year he played for the New York Giants. The record for most sacks in a single game is 7 which has been accomplished three times: first by Charles Haley who did it playing for San Francisco against New Orleans on November 26th 1990; then again on September 29th 2002 Haliy tied his own record while playing Dallas against Houston; finally Shawne Merriman tied Haley and Strahan’s record playing San Diego against Denver on December 24th 2006
How the sack has changed the game of football
In football, the sack has always been an important part of the game. A sack is when a defensive player tackles an offensive player behind the line of scrimmage, resulting in a loss of yards. Over the years, the sack has become even more important, as it is now one of the most commonly used ways to stop an offensive drive.
In recent years, there have been a number of players who have made a name for themselves by sacks. These players are often some of the most feared defenders in the league, as they have the ability to completely disrupt an offense.
Currently, there are a number of players who are vying for the title of sack leader. However, it is still early in the season and anything could happen. Right now, it looks like Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams is in the lead, with 9 sacks so far this season.
The future of the sack
There’s no single answer to the question of who has the most sacks in the NFL right now. Different players have different strengths and weaknesses, and there are a lot of factors that go into determining who’s the best at any given time.
That said, there are a few players who stand out as potential Sack Leaders in the future. These are some of the best young talents in the league, and they’re only going to get better as they gain more experience.
One player to keep an eye on is Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns. Garrett is only in his third season, but he’s already shown that he has the potential to be one of the best sack artists in the league. In 2018, he had 13.5 sacks, and he followed that up with 10 sacks in 2019. If he can continue to improve at that rate, there’s no reason why he can’t be one of the league leaders for years to come.
Another player whose name is often mentioned in the conversation about top sack artists is Shaq Lawson of the Buffalo Bills. Lawson is still relatively new to the league, but he made a big impact in his first two seasons with 9 sacks in each year. He’s part of a strong defensive line that also featuresTre’Davious WhiteandEd Oliver, so there’s reason to believe that Lawson will only get better as time goes on.
So while there’s no definitive answer to who has the most sacks right now, it’s safe to say that players like Myles Garrett and Shaq Lawson are definitely two names to watch out for in the future.