News recently broke that newly acquired Atlanta Falcons defensive end Dante Fowler is eyeing Michael Strahan’s NFL sack record of 22.5 that he accumulated in 2001. That’s encouraging news for an organization that desperately needs a game-changing pass rusher.
It’s no secret that the Atlanta Falcons have had trouble throughout the history of the organization with finding elite pass-rushing talent. Several guys have come and gone, leaving behind a career of disappointment. This time, however, it will be different.
Dante Fowler‘s NFL career got off to a rocky start with the Jacksonville Jaguars, missing the entirety of his first season due to injury. He then only started one out of 39 games over the next two and half seasons with the Jaguars. He wasn’t really given a chance to show the league what he was made of and could do. Jacksonville wasn’t a good fit for him, so they traded him to the Los Angeles Rams where he was finally able to make an impact.
He accumulated an impressive 11.5 sacks last season in his first full season as a starter. As we all know, he would go on to sign with the Atlanta Falcons and has made it known that he wants to break records. This is great news because it shows that he is confident in his ability and wants to give it his all for the team and the city of Atlanta.
It isn’t far fetched to think that he could break records with the Atlanta Falcons. If a guy like Vic Beasley can accumulate 16.5 sacks in a season, then Dante Fowler can. He’s only 25 and is more confident than ever coming off of his best season yet. He already has experience playing under Dan Quinn, so one could assume that he is already somewhat familiar with the system.
22.5 sacks will not be an easy feat by any means, even the mark of 16.5 set by Beasley in 2016 and John Abraham in 2008 will be tough, but a guy that is determined and hungry to prove himself like Fowler will be dangerous on the field, which is something the front office and fans alike have been craving for. Don’t be surprised if at the end of the season Fowler is talking about his pro bowl nomination and record-setting debut season with the Atlanta Falcons.