By Tim Graham
Deacon Jones did not coin the term "sack." George Allen did.
So says Buffalo Bills legend Marv Levy.
Levy was an assistant on Allen's coaching staff with the 1970 Los Angeles Rams, where Jones played, and in 1971 and 1972 with Washington.
In a story by Rochester Democrat and Chronicle columnist Leo Roth, Levy said he never heard Jones say "sack," but he heard Allen say it in a speech before Washington played the Dallas Cowboys.
"I know exactly how the term was coined. George was talking the night before in the team meeting about playing the Dallas Cowboys and their quarterback, Craig Morton. The term had never been used. It was always 'tackle the QB for a loss.' But the night before the game, George goes, 'Before we play those Dallas Cowboys, we're going to take that Morton salt and pour him into a sack.' That was the inspiration for it.
"Deacon did jump on the term 'sack,' and he steered it toward meaning tackling the quarterback for a loss. George Allen was reaching for a way to say it, and Deacon turned it into the iconic term it is today."
Jones passed away June 3.
Roth also asked Levy to compare Jones to Bruce Smith, known as the official record-holder with 200 sacks. Jones wasn't credited with any sacks because they weren't an official NFL stat until 1982.
Levy spryly dodged the question.
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