Freeney, Mathis and the strip-sack

A sack isn't enough for Dwight Freeney or Robert Mathis. They want the ball. Both DEs have forced a fumble on over half of their sacks. Freeney has 32 fumbles forced on 63 sacks, while Robert Mathis has 28 FF on 47 sacks. That's a lot of fumbles, but how unusual are those kind of ratios? After the jump are the sack to FF ratios for the top 25 players on the active sacks list.

(Fun facts, Dwight Freeney is the youngest player in the top 20 of the active sacks list at 14th. Robert Mathis is the second youngest player in the top 25).

Player Sacks FF FF% Rank
Jason Taylor 118 39 33.0% 7
Kevin Carter 102.5 17 16.6% 23
Willie McGinest 85 16 18.8% 21
La'Roi Glover 83 16 19.3% 20
Trevor Price 81 11 13.8% 24
Leonard Little 78 30 38.5% 4
Patrick Kerney 76.5 15 19.6% 19
John Abraham 74.5 29 38.9% 3
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila 74.5 17 22.8% 17
Joey Porter 72 19 26.4% 13
Greg Ellis 71 20 28.2% 11
Jevon Kearse 71 26 36.6% 5
Aaron Schobel 68 18 26.5% 12
Dwight Freeney 63 32 50.8% 2
Julius Peppers 59 21 35.6% 6
Bertrand Berry 58 14 24.1% 15
Greg Ellis 57.5 10 17.4% 22
Adewale Ogunleye 56.5 14 24.8% 14
Darren Howard 54 13 24.1% 16
Mike Vrabel 53 15 28.3% 10
Vonnie Holliday 52 7 13.5% 25
Andre Carter 49.5 11 22.2% 18
Terrell Suggs 48 14 29.2% 9
Adalius Thomas 48 15 32.3% 8
Robert Mathis 47 28 59.6%

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No one is even close to Freeney or Mathis among the league top 25 active pass rushers.

Only Freeney, Mathis and Bears DE Alex Brown (34.5 sacks 15 FF) have more than a 40% forced fumble rate among the league's top 50 sackers.

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