The quarterback sack is a storied art dating back to days of Deacon Jones in the 1960s. Jones not only helped establish the importance of the play, with his 173.5 career sacks over 13 NFL seasons. But the “Secretary of Defense,” as Jones was notoriously known during his playing days, is also credited for coining the term.
Jones use of the expression wasn’t to merely make it a popular piece of football verbiage, rather he intended it as a reflection of the term’s most primitive meaning. Simply put, a quarterback sack was meant to cause as much devastation to an offense as a city would feel when it was sacked during ancient times.
Jones lived out the implication of his words during his 13 NFL seasons, piling up 173 1/2 sacks, an unofficial tally, at a time when the sack wasn’t even a defensive metric or recorded statistic.
Now, in an age where the sack is widely regarded as an all-important gauge of defensive success, Aldon Smith holds office as the Secretary of Defense.
Smith, just 2...