Bryant shares sack lead with Houston

Bryant shares sack lead with Houston
January 3, 2013, 3:00 pm
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A review of the Raiders' season finale Sunday at San Diego by the Elias Sports Bureau, which is the NFL's official statistician, gave defensive tackle Desmond Bryant a full sack, rather than sharing one with defensive end Lamarr Houston, on a second-quarter sack of Philip Rivers.

A day earlier, Elias gave Bryant a full sack of Carolina's Cam Newton -- originally ruled a shared sack with defensive tackle Tommy Kelly -- on the second-quarter play that ended with Newton kicking Kelly in the facemask.

As a result, Bryant, a former undrafted free agent who is headed to unrestricted free agency after replacing the injured Richard Seymour as a starter in the second half of the season, and Houston shared the team lead with four sacks apiece. In fact, it is the lowest total for a season sack leader since Kelly's four sacks led the Raiders in 2004.

Following, then, the Raiders' season-by-season sack leaders and the Raiders' team total in said year, since the sack became an official stat in 1982: 

Year Player Total Team Total
1982 Lyle Alzado, Ted Hendricks 7 38
1983 Howie Long 13 57
1984 Bill Pickel 12.5 64
1985 Bill Pickel 12.5 65
1986 Sean Jones 15.5 65
1987 Greg Townsend 8.5 44
1988 Greg Townsend 11.5 40
1989 Greg Townsend 10.5 35
1990 Greg Townsend 12.5 48
1991 Greg Townsend 13 46
1992 Anthony Smith 13 46
1993 Anthony Smith 12.5 45
1994 Chester McGlockton 9.5 38
1995 Pat Swilling 13 43
1996 Chester McGlockton 8 34
1997 Anthony Smith 6.5 31
1998 Lance Johnstone 11 41
1999 Lance Johnstone 10 44
2000 Grady Jackson 8 43
2001 Regan Upshaw 7 41
2002 Roderick Coleman 11 43
2003 Roderick Coleman 5.5 25
2004 Tommy Kelly 4 25
2005 Derrick Burgess 16 34
2006 Derrick Burgess 11 34
2007 D. Burgess, Chris Clemons 8 27
2008 Kalimba Edwards, T. Scott 5 32
2009 Trevor Scott, Greg Ellis 7 37
2010 Kamerion Wimbley 9 47
2011 Tommy Kelly 7.5 39
2012 Bryant, Houston 4 25