The latest #CFLPApoll asked you which of the 2014 sack leaders has the best shot at locking up the 2015 title? Not without controversy, we could only list so many of our athletes in the poll. As history has shown us, you can never predict what exactly is in the cards for statistical categories like tackles, touchdowns, and certainly; sacks. With all of that said, here’s how you voted:
Whether you bleed green and white, or not, you have to believe that Mr. Chick will be in the running for sack leader in 2015. Clearly, the results of this poll are in line with that reasoning as over 50% of the votes were in John’s favour. A simple look back to week 8 of 2014 will show you the kind of player every other defender will be competing against for the title:
“Chick was able to take down the quarterback 3 times throughout the 60-minutes of play, putting his total at 13 after 8 weeks. To put that into context, the current CFL record for sacks in a season sits at 26.5, held by Hall-of-famer James ‘Quick’ Parker (set in 1984). With 13 sacks in only 7 games, John Chick is now on pace to eclipse the 30-year old record by a whopping 7 sacks. As critics will state, the uncharacteristic pace that Chick finds himself at right now may not be sustainable. That said, with a current average of over 1.8 sacks per game, John has time to slow down and still break records. For these reasons, John Chick is week 8’s RIVALUS Featured Player!”
As we saw, the statistical anomaly that was John Chick’s start to 2014, did eventually give way to more human numbers in terms of defensive production. However, there is yet another piece of the puzzle to consider for 2015; the return of Alex Hall. This season, Saskatchewan will be utilizing 2 of the most dominant rush-ends to have played in the CFL over the past 5 seasons. Does that mean that John and Alex have 2015 locked up? With competition coming from the likes of: Odell Willis, Eric Norwood, Tristan Okpalaugo, and Charleston Hughes (looking at you social media), 2015 will undoubtedly be another tight race for league supremacy at eating them sack-lunches.