In 2010, the Giants had a whopping 34 forced fumbles, led by Osi Umenyiora (10 FF), Justin Tuck (6 FF), and Terrell Thomas (an impressive 4 FF from the corner position). It was the most in one season since the Dolphins forced 35 fumbles in 2006. The next closest team in 2010 was the Saints, with 25. To put those numbers in perspective, the Browns as a team had 9. The Jaguars only had 8.
Umenyiora’s 10 forced fumbles is a new NFL record, by the way. Somehow he has become a bit of an underrated player, and by that I mean it’s utterly ridiculous that he didn’t make the Pro Bowl this season. Julius Peppers and John Abraham are unquestionably great defensive ends, but when you’re forcing 0.63 fumbles per game like Umenyiora did in 2010, it’s kind of absurd to leave him off.
By contrast, the Eagles and Cowboys were not good in that department. The Eagles only manged 11 forced fumbles on the season, just one more than Umenyiora by himself. The Cowboys only managed 14, or 2 less than the amount tallied by Umenyiora and Tuck combined. Neither team had a player with more than 2. That’s simply not good enough. Both the Eagles and Cowboys have new defensive coordinators this season in Juan Castillo and Rob Ryan, respectively. I’d be surprised if stripping the football wasn’t a major focus of each of those two coaches if/when we ever get to training camp.
I’m not sure if these gaudy forced fumble numbers are good news or bad news for Giants fans, by the way. On the one hand, Giants fans have to be happy that Osi Umenyiora seems to be back to form after missing the entire 2008 season and having somewhat of a down year in 2009. On the other hand, it will be extremely difficult for Umenyiora, Tuck , and the Giants’ defense as a whole to match those numbers in 2011.
|Team||Forced Fumbles (NFL Average was 15.6)||Players with 3 or more forced fumbles|
|Giants||34||Osi Umenyiora (10), Justin Tuck (6), Terrell Thomas (4)|
|Redskins||19||London Fletcher (3)|