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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Franchise sack leaders (including pre-1982) Reply with quote

Sacks by individual defensive players did not become an official statistic until 1982. However, with the help of media guides we can piece together some unofficial numbers:

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        Single Season         
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1.   Bruce Smith    1990  19.0
2.   Bryce Paup     1995  17.5
3.   Bruce Smith    1986  15.0
4.   Tom Sestak     1964  14.5 (14-game season)
5t.  Bruce Smith    1992  14.0
5t.  Bruce Smith    1993  14.0
5t.  Bruce Smith    1997  14.0
5t.  Aaron Schobel  2006  14.0
9.   Bruce Smith    1996  13.5
10.  Bruce Smith    1989  13.0
11t. Ben Williams   1980  12.0
11t. Bruce Smith    1987  12.0 (15-game season)
11t. Aaron Schobel  2005  12.0
14.  Aaron Schobel  2003  11.5
15.  Bruce Smith    1988  11.0

Notes:
  • Bruce Smith accounts for 60% of Buffalo's top 15 single-season leaders; Aaron Schobel accounts for 20%
  • The only two seasons on this list that occurred prior to 1982 are 1980 (Ben Williams) and 1964 (Tom Sestak)
  • Extrapolating Tom Sestak's 14.5 unofficial sacks in 1964's 14-game season to 16-games projects to 16.5 sacks
  • Mario Williams has 10.5 sacks this season and has a really good chance at cracking the top 15... he is projected to have 13.0, which would place him in the top 10


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           All-Time           
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1.   Bruce Smith         171.0
2.   Aaron Schobel        78.0
3.   Phil Hansen          61.5
4.   Cornelius Bennett    52.5
5t.  Tom Sestak           51.0
5t.  Ben Williams         51.0 
7.   Darryl Talley        38.5
8.   Sherman White        38.0
9.   Bryce Paup           33.0
10.  Chris Kelsay         32.5
11.  Jeff Wright          31.5
12t. Mike Kadish          29.0
12t. Fred Smerlas         29.0
14.  Mike Stratton        28.0
15.  Ron McDole           27.5

Notes:
  • Aaron Schobel is second on the all-time franchise sack list... and he has less than half (~46%) the number Bruce Smith accumulated; Smith had more sacks than #2 (Schobel) and #3 (Hansen) combined
  • Bruce Smith, Phil Hansen, and Cornelius Bennett are each in the franchise's all-time top 5... all three were on the team at the same time for five years (1991-1995)
  • Buffalo had good pass rushers prior to 1990... Tom Sestak (1962-1968) and Ben Williams (1976-1985) each rank in the franchise's all-time top 5
  • Nearly half the players on the all-time franchise list had seasons that occurred prior to 1982 (7 out of 15)
  • Chris Kelsay has the tenth most sacks in Bills history and is 0.5 sacks away from the number nine spot... wow

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