Michael Strahan has the most sacks by a defensive lineman in a season, with 22.5 sacks in 2001.

most sacks in a season by a defensive end
Interpreted as:
most defensive sacks in a season by a defensive end
2001Strahan2011Allen1984Gastineau1989Doleman1987White2018Donald2014Watt2012Watt2013Mathis2013Quinn1992Simmons1990Smith1983Gastineau2003Strahan2002Taylor1986Manley2011Babin1989Millard1988White1986White2015Watt1984Dent1983Dean22.522.022.021.021.020.520.520.519.519.019.019.019.018.518.518.518.018.018.018.017.517.517.5
NAMESEASONTMGPSCKTKLASTCOMBSCKYINTINT YDSINT TDFFFRFR TD
Michael StrahanMichael Strahan2001NYGNYG1622.5611273177.5000611
Jared AllenJared Allen2011MINMIN1622.0481866150.51140440
Mark GastineauMark Gastineau1984NYJNYJ1622.000011
Chris DolemanChris Doleman1989MINMIN1621.000050
Reggie WhiteReggie White1987PHIPHI1221.000011
Aaron DonaldAaron Donald2018LARLAR1620.5411859183.5000420
J.J. WattJ.J. Watt2014HOUHOU1620.55919781401801451
J.J. WattJ.J. Watt2012HOUHOU1620.5691281138.5000420
Robert MathisRobert Mathis2013INDIND1619.5441559120.5000800
Robert QuinnRobert Quinn2013STLSTL1619.050757145000721
Clyde SimmonsClyde Simmons1992PHIPHI1619.000010
Bruce SmithBruce Smith1990BUFBUF1619.000000
Mark GastineauMark Gastineau1983NYJNYJ1619.000021
Michael StrahanMichael Strahan2003NYGNYG1618.5601575126.5000310
Jason TaylorJason Taylor2002MIAMIA1618.5462470162.5000720
Dexter ManleyDexter Manley1986WASWAS1618.500011
Jason BabinJason Babin2011PHIPHI1618.035540107000300
Keith MillardKeith Millard1989MINMIN1618.0148011
Reggie WhiteReggie White1988PHIPHI1618.000020
Reggie WhiteReggie White1986PHIPHI1618.000000
J.J. WattJ.J. Watt2015HOUHOU1617.5571976117.5000310
Richard DentRichard Dent1984CHICHI1617.500010
Fred DeanFred Dean1983SFSF1617.500000
La'Roi GloverLa'Roi Glover2000NONO1617.000010
Kevin CarterKevin Carter1999STLSTL1617.000020
StatMuse has season-level data for sacks going back to the 1982 season.

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