Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil eyes sack record, trip to Super Bowl
Baltimore linebacker Elvis Dumervil believes if he finishes the season with 23 sacks, the Ravens will go to the Super Bowl.
That’s the number of sacks he needs to break the NFL’s single-season sack record of 22 ½, set by Michael Strahan in 2001.
Strahan set the record during the final game of the 2001 season when he sacked Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre to finish with 22 ½ and top Mark Gastineau’s old mark.
“If I can hit that number, that’ll mean we’ll be in the Super Bowl for sure,” Dumervil said via the Baltimore Sun. “You try to win games, you try to win championships. To me, there’s nothing more important, because you can have the stats and accolades, but if you’re sitting home, it really doesn’t do any justice.”
Dumervil finished the 2014 season by tying a career high with 17 sacks. He finished third in the NFL in sacks behind Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (22) and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (201/2).
Dumervil also broke Peter Boulware’s single-season Ravens franchise record (15).
With 90 career sacks, Dumervil is within striking distance of reaching 100 this season. He ranks ninth among active players and has averaged more than 11 sacks over his eight seasons played (he missed the 2010 season with a torn pectoral muscle). Thirty-one former and current players have reached the century mark for sacks.
“I think that’s a great achievement to try to reach,” Dumervil said. “So, the opportunity is there and that’s not always the case with everybody. I’m grateful for that. It just shows the consistency, and I don’t take that lightly.”
Winning a Super Bowl is something that consumes Dumervil.
“You’ve got to take advantage of every moment,” Dumervil said. “You never know when the next time [will be]. So, I do consider it sacred. That’s why every offseason you train as hard as you can, go into minicamps and training camp and you just try to be your best you. And then, hopefully, that can help the team get to where we all want to get to.”
Theirs is also financial reward for Dumervil’s success as a pass rusher, too.
His contract is worth $30 million over five years and would reach a maximum value of $33 million if he has 12 sacks in 2015.