Sewell named league's defensive player of the week

Almondo Sewell leads the CFL with five sacks on the season. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Almondo Sewell leads the CFL with five sacks on the season. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

In the entire history of the CFL, only twice has a defensive tackle finished a season as the league leader in sacks.

OK, that all-important defensive statistic has only been officially published since 1980, but if two out of 34 is any indication, the historical ratio is nearly non-existent.

According to CFL head statistician Steve Daniel, the last time it happened was when Eric England posted 14 in 2003. Other than that, as close as he could find was when James Curry shared the sack title back in 1989.

It’s usually reserved for the defensive ends of the league, who are designed to turn the corner and chase down quarterbacks. Or, at least lead them right into the waiting arms of the other defensive end.

The interior linemen, meanwhile, are supposed to be bigger, slower and are usually stuck between a rock and a hard place, plugging run gaps or getting double-teamed by even bigger offensive linemen.


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