October 25, 2009
Elvis Dumervil realizes he’s on an early pace to break the NFL record for sacks in a season. The Denver Broncos outside linebacker is going to try to ignore that.
Dumervil tied an NFL record for fastest to 10 sacks in a season, getting there in six games. The other player to get 10 sacks in six games was New York Giants end Michael Strahan in 2001. That was the year Strahan set the NFL record with 22.5 sacks.
Dumervil is on pace for 27 sacks this season, which would shatter the record.
“They’re going to start talking about it, but I’ve got to continue to do what I do and not get off track and worry about those things,” Dumervil said. “When you start thinking about that, you get out of your defensive strategy and try to make individual plays.”
Strahan also sounded like he isn’t going to lose sleep over his record being challenged, if Dumervil does it.
“I played 2b a champion,” Strahan said on his Twitter feed in response to a question about Dumervil. “Records are meant to be broken!! I put in 15 years and left a legacy ... That’s what its about. Not record.”
The Broncos’ varied use of Dumervil could help him stay productive. After playing right end almost exclusively before this season, Dumervil switches from right outside linebacker to the left side, and sometimes plays an end position. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said that has helped Dumervil avoid double teams.
“It becomes difficult as a coordinator on the offensive side, to say ‘We want the back to help the tackle,” McDaniels said. “If you don’t know which tackle needs the help, it’s hard to tell the back where to go.”
Dumervil is still learning outside linebacker, which is a new position for him. He said he felt he missed two or three sacks Monday night against San Diego. If Dumervil continues to improve and the Broncos can help him avoid double teams by moving him around, perhaps he can break Strahan’s record.
“If it happens it would be great,” Dumervil said. “If not, fine, as long as we’re winning.”
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