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Sweat hopes he and Young can break NFL's combined sack record

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After they both turned in excellent seasons in 2020, Washington Football Team standouts Chase Young and Montez Sweat are firmly in the conversation as the best pass rush duo in the NFL.

However, Sweat has bigger goals than the tandem of he and Young being just that.

Speaking with local reporters following practice on Tuesday, Sweat said that he hopes the combination of him and Young can break the NFL's combined sack record by two players in one season.

"We talk about it all the time, breaking records and stuff like that," Sweat said. "I personally want to go get the combined sack record that the guys got back before. We talk about it all the time."

The current combined sack record is 39, which was accomplished by the Vikings duo of Chris Doleman and Keith Millard back in 1989. Doleman sacked the quarterback 21 times alone that season, with Millard just behind him with 18 sacks. Both players were, naturally, named to the first-team All-Pro squad that season.

For Sweat and Young to accomplish that goal in 2021, they'll have to significantly increase the number of sacks they each record. Sweat led Washington in sacks with nine one season ago, with Young just behind him at 7.5. 

For that tandem to surpass Doleman and Millard's 39 combined QB takedowns, both Washington pass rushers will need to more than double their sack count from 2020.

What might hurt Sweat and Young's chances of topping that record is their own teammates. Washington's defensive front is loaded with talent, as all four of the team's interior defensive linemen can get after the quarterback, too. Take Jonathan Allen for example, who has registered seasons of eight and six sacks, respectively, in two of the past three years.

 

Washington's defense finished second in sacks last year despite not having one player notch double-digits in that category. That's just a testament to how deep the Burgundy and Gold's pass rush unit is.

Although it seems a bit of a longshot that Washington's pass rush tandem will come close to breaking that record, Sweat believes that he and Young do have a shot at doing so.

"We're both dynamic players. That's all. We got two dynamic players on one line. You can make things happen," Sweat said.