The view from the ground must be outstanding.
Why else would quarterbacks allow themselves to be crunched to the earth in time and time again by angry defenders?
In the history of the NFL, there have been many less-than-fleet-of-foot, or just situationally unaware pivots who have gone down a lot when the heat got turned up in the pocket.
The all-time leader, Brett Favre, just got inducted into the Hall of Fame. Favre may have set a few non-dubious records and won a title, but that alarming stat may well never leave him. He was sacked 525 times in 302 games and another 36 times in 32 playoff contests.
Not a record we’d like to own, for sure. There are more than a handful of current NFL QBs who are striving, it seems, to equal Favre’s sack infamy. Here are 17 (two ties) who warrant special mention, in ascending order.
At 34 and now mostly a career back-up, time grows short for Matt Cassel. Yet, with just 100 games (79 starts) to his credit, he has been sacked 196 times. Cassel was dumped 14 times in eight starts (10 games) last season, and his 6.4 percentage (on 71 pass plays) wasn’t great. For his career, the 196 sacks represent an overall percentage of 7.1, which is 85th worst. In the lone season where he played in all 16 games (15 starts) for the New England Patriots. 2008, Cassel hit the turf a league-high 47 times (8.3 percent sack rate). Whoever was starting on his O-line didn’t make much of a difference in K.C., either, as he was dumped 42 times with the Chiefs in 2009 in 15 games (all starts). The Chiefs must have beefed up Cassel’s front five in 2010, as he was sacked just 26 times in 15 games. Now he’s playing for Tennessee, where starter Marcus Mariota was sacked 38 times (10th most) in just 12 games. Prepare the cold compresses.