Houston Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt is having a break out season. He currently leads the NFL in sacks, but had one removed Elias Sports Bureau earlier this week. After losing the sack, Texans Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips raised some controversy by questioning New York Giants legend Michael Strahan, his record breaking sack and why that one wasn't removed.
“Why didn’t they take away Strahan’s when he set record?” Phillips questioned.
Strahan is known for being one of the fiercest pass rushers of all time and holds the NFL record for most sacks in a single season. However, some question the sack that ultimately broke Mark Gastineau record of 22. Some believe that then Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre laid down in front of Strahan on purpose, essentially gift wrapping the record for him. After all, the two were close friends.
It's clear that Phillips is just standing up for his player, but there was no reason to question Strahan's record in the process. If later in the season it appears Watt has a chance to top Strahan's 22.5 sacks, then the decision by the Elias Sports Bureau to take one away could become a bigger issue but for now the record belongs to the Giants' legend.
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