Quick, name the NFL's sacks leader.
Is it Michael Strahan? Nope, he has only three so far this season. Jason Taylor? He may be handsome, but he has only two. Ray Lewis? Not even close.
Because he plays for the middling-to-poor New Orleans Saints, defensive end Charles Grant's league-leading eight sacks have gone mostly unnoticed to those of us not born on the bayou. But it should come as no surprise after you look at his career numbers.
Grant, the Saints' first-round pick from Georgia in 2002, made an immediate impact with seven sacks his rookie year. He was even better last year with 10 sacks. This year, he's on pace for 21. (Strahan's single-season NFL record, aided and abetted by Brett Favre in 2001, is 22.5.)
He may be the lone bright spot on a Saints defense that ranks dead last in the league by a wide margin at 414.2 yards per game (the next-worst defense in terms of yardage allowed is the Colts at 385.4). New Orleans also ranks last in scoring defense, allowing 27.5 points per game.
But Grant remains optimistic despite the Saints' three-game losing streak and 2-4 record. "Hands down, we can win 10 or 11 games," he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.