The New York Jets have just two games left in their seasons, but now that the team is out of the playoff hunt, there are personal matters to settle. For veteran outside linebacker, Calvin Pace, it is time to pursue a goal that he set early in his career.
"Ten sacks," said Pace. "It's been something I've always shot for. It just hasn't happened for whatever reason. But that'd be a great thing."
Pace is only one sack away from reaching his long-time goal, and tying the team-high for the season as Muhammad Wilkerson sits on the top of the totem pole with ten on the year. However, everyone is hopeful for Pace to reach this achievement, including head coach Rex Ryan.
"Calvin's playing as good now as he ever has," said Ryan. "We've asked him to play several roles and he's accepted all of them. He's gotten better as a pass rusher. His play, it's been super. Hopefully he'll be able to get that 10th sack. That would be a little cherry on top because you want to get those double digits."
If Pace reaches the double digit sack total for the season, he will join Wilkerson as the only tandem to reach double digit sacks in the same season in over 30 seasons in Jets' history. The 1980-81 seasons came along with two New York greats, Joe Klecko and Martin Gastineau as they both recorded double digit sacks in back to back years.
The Green and White's current tandem was unaware of the historic accomplishment in the past. There have been many great Jets' pass rushers since the '81 season, and Pace was surprised to hear the news.
"I didn't know it was that long since we'd done it. I would've figured Shaun [Ellis] and [John] Abraham would've had that. That would be big."
Even though No. 97 was basking in the limelight in yesterday's press conference, he offered some praise to his fellow teammates.
"I'm in a fortunate situation where I really do play with some very good players," Pace noted. "When I'm beside a guy like Muhammad or Sheldon [Richardson], it's easy because those guys draw a certain amount of attention. They're really not looking for an old man going in there and making a play. But I've been fortunate and very blessed to have the opportunity to come back this year."
Gang Green comes back home this week to face-off against the Cleveland Browns. With it being the last home game of the season, it would really be the "cherry on top" if Pace were to reach his ten-sack goal at home in front of Jets Nation.