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Washington Redskins’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Washington Redskins are one of the NFL’s oldest franchises, beginning play in 1932. They have won five championships in all, three in the Super Bowl era. The Redskins have, just like most NFC East or northern teams, built around a solid running game and defense, at least most of the time. And while sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982, here is a short list of the Redskins’ all-time leaders to date in sacks:
Dexter Manley (91)—Defensive end Dexter Manley played most of his career in Washington, from 1981 to 1989, and he ranks first in Redskins’ history with 91 sacks. Manley had his best season in 1986, when he was a first team All Pro with a career high 18.5 sacks, as well as a fumble recovery for a 26 yard touchdown, the only TD of his career.
Charles Mann (82)—Defensive end Charles Mann played for the Redskins most of his career, from 1983 to 1993, and ranks second in franchise history with 82 sacks. Mann had arguably his best season in 1985, with a career high 14.5 sacks, as well as 1 forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 85 tackles.
Monte Coleman (43.5)—Linebacker Monte Coleman played for the Redskins his entire career, from 1979 to 1994. Coleman ranks third in the team’s history with 43.5 sacks, and he had what was probably his best season in 1984. That year, Coleman had a career best 10.5 sacks, and added an interception for a 49-yard touchdown, as well as one fumble recovery and 88 tackles.
Ken Harvey (41.5)—Linebacker Ken Harvey played for the ‘Skins from 1994 to 1998, and he ranks fourth in team history with 41.5 sacks. Harvey had arguably his best season in 1994, when he made the Pro Bowl with a career high 13.5 sacks, adding 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 80 tackles and 18 assists.
Dave Butz (35.5)—Defensive lineman Dave Butz played for Washington most of his career, from 1975 to 1988. He ranks fifth in franchise history with 35.5 sacks, and his best overall season was probably 1983. That year, Butz was a first team All Pro with a career high 11.5 sacks, and he added one fumble recovery that season.