"It's not just sacks, but you got to be able to affect the quarterback somehow." This is what new Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Line Coach Todd Wash said in his press conference last week. This is most certainly true and I'm sure Wash would be satisfied with pressure that led to defensive stops on third down and low-scores from the Jaguars opposition, even if sack numbers were low. For fans following the Jaguars since their inception, this may not be good enough anymore. The idea that the number of sacks aren't as important as affecting the quarterback, though possibly true, is the kind of thing that gets discussed by teams with low sack numbers. Nobody heard Houston's JJ Watt and his 20.5 sacks talking along these lines in 2012. When a team has sack numbers in large quantities, opposing quarterbacks are affected and so are the offensive coordinators that have to form a game plan against that team. One of the scariest things to an offensive game planner is a dominant player that can rack up double-digit sack numbers in a year. Reaching double-digits is a benchmark of sorts for pass rushers. If a player can reach 10 sacks or more in a year, he can expect national recognition and a large contract in his future. It's commonly accepted that reaching 10 sacks or more is a difficult thing to accomplish.
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