Don't Kill The Mellinger

Justin Houston wants to break the all-time sack record

Updated: 2013-09-16T18:25:18Z

By SAM MELLINGER

The Kansas City Star

— I don’t know if it was the euphoria of a winning locker room or the drastic change between this team and last year’s or just a professional athlete’s confidence but here’s what Justin Houston said when I asked if he had a number in mind for sacks this season:

"I would love the break the (record). I’m pretty sure every guy that rushes the passer is trying to get that goal. If I could do that, that’s great, but I’m just trying to do my job."

Houston did that on Sunday, leading a dominant defense in a 28-2 win over the Jaguars here.

Houston had three sacks, which is nearly half of the stupid over-under Bovada put on him for the season, and almost one-fourth of the smarter number The Totally Official DKTM Over-Under Challenge came up with.

That tied St. Louis’ Robert Quinn as the most of the day and puts Houston on a pace for 48 this season, small sample size and all that stuff.

Houston said those words amid a bit of chaos — the Chiefs haven’t celebrated much recently — so I wanted to make sure I heard him right.

The all-time sack record? Not Derrick Thomas’ team record of 20?

"Yeah man," Houston said. "The record. The record, man. The sack record. Twenty-two. Hey, you gotta dream big, man. Sky’s the limit."

Now, we should point out that the NFL record is actually 22 ½, set by Michael Strahan.

But maybe Houston was talking about Jared Allen’s and Mark Gastineau’s Shared NFL Record For Those Who Didn’t Get Brett Favre To Lay Down For Them of 22.

Either way, yeah. Those are big dreams.

 

 

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