"I don't think that's hard to get," Jones said Thursday of the 22.5 sack record, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. "And I feel like if there was a year to do it, this could be the year to do it, honestly, for me. That's a personal goal of mine. But we have more help on our team. We have a better team."
Strahan, a former New York Giant, set the record in 2001, surpassing Mark Gastineau's 22 sacks. Gastineau's standout season came in 1984 with the New York Jets.
Multiple defenders have recently fallen just short of eclipsing Strahan's record. Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Justin Houston and former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen each amassed 22 sacks in 2014 and 2011, respectively.
Jones, meanwhile, notched a career-high 19 sacks last season, finishing second in the league behind only Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaq Barrett (19.5).
The 30-year-old has now racked up 11-plus sacks in five straight seasons, including 17-plus in two of his last three campaigns.
"I feel like I'm getting closer and closer," Jones said. "And I don't feel older, and I had a pretty decent year last year. I feel even better actually. With some of this time off my body got some time to rest. So why not? Why can't I break the record?"