The Giants had the most forced fumbles in one season since the 2006 Dolphins

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)
Cowboys 14 None
Eagles 11 None

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  3. Immynimmy says:

    I don’t want to take anything away from Osi, but:
    FF #1 Carolina
    FF #2 Chicago
    FF #3 Chicago
    FF#4 Houston
    FF#5 Houston
    FF #6 Detroit
    FF #7 Detroit
    FF #8 Washington
    FF #9 Washington
    FF #10 Washington

    *Note, I’m assuming they are all the QBs, even though they might be wrong. It would be really hard to see which player he forced the fumble upon
    Not the most impressive teams/QBs/offensive lines there.

    1. deg0ey says:

      I don’t think that does take anything away from Osi – With the exception of Carolina, the Eagles played against all of those teams in 2010 and barely managed to create that many FFs between them. They might not be against teams like the Colts or the Pats, but it’s still better than the rest of the division managed against the same opposition.

  4. greenage says:

    This is one of the reasons sean mcdermott is gone from the eagles. I always remember the Eagles going after the ball.

  5. Dunta Is A PUNK says:

    Our birds need to improve on stripping the ball. Obviously.

  6. bsencore says:

    Losing or recovering fumbles is all luck, but do forced fumbles correlate over seasons? I can’t find any info on that.

    1. Forced fumbles definitely correlate from season to season for various players, although I’m not sure about teams. Umenyuiora’s last 3 seasons he had 10, 4, and 5. John Abraham is another one that comes to mind – He only had 1 and 2 that last 2 years, but before that he had 4, 4, 4, 6, and 3. On the non pass rusher side, there’s Charles Tillman from the Bears – 3, 6, 4, 4.

      There’s definitely an art to it, and it can be taught.

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