Here’s some trivia for you: who set the Chicago Bears rookie record for sacks? It’s not Hall of Famer Richard Dent. Nor is it seven-time Pro-Bowler Brian Urlacher.
The correct answer is 2006 fifth round pick Mark Anderson, who recorded 12.0 sacks in his first year out of Alabama (Urlacher had the previous record with 8, Dent only had 3; sacks weren’t an official stat until 1982).
Today, the Patriots signed the Defensive End to bolster their pass rush. Anderson, 6’4 255 lbs, started last year with Chicago before released and signed by Houston. He played fifteen games last year and started three, recording 4.0 sacks.
He hasn’t lived up to his rookie campaign, recording only 13.5 sacks since the start of the 2007 season. Playing on a defensive line next to Vince Wilfork and Albert Haynesworth (or Alvince Wilfsworth as I prefer to call them) should help him out.
Anderson’s only played in the 4-3 in his career, so his signing could confirm rumors Bill Belichick is planning to utilize the 4-3 more this year.