Are you kidding me? Seven sacks? Including 3.5 to Jared Allen. Did Mike Martz not get the memo that Allen was all amped up to go for the single season sack record? It took Martz far to long to give his left tackle J'Marcus Webb any help on the relentless Allen. Had Chicago QB Josh McCown been more established in his Chicago Bears tenure, and more secure with his Chicago Bears future, I think an F-Bomb directed at the Mad offensive coordinator would have been appropriate.
After the jump we'll take a look at the final Sackwatch numbers.
Sackwatch after 16 games
2010 - 56
In the 2010 season finale the Bears gave up 6 sacks to the Packers, taking them to a league worst 56 sacks allowed. The 49 given up this season places them 5th worst. In 2010 the Bears allowed 92 QB hits, good for 8th from the bottom, in 2011 that number decreased to 87 QB hits, so technically they did improve in the overall numbers, and that's about the only positive I can take from the pass protection from 2011. A statistical improvement.
There was a stretch where the Bears did a good job in protecting the QB via scheme, but for some reason all that was forgotten once Caleb Hanie took over. Good riddance to the stubborn Mike Martz.
The new OC better put an emphasis on moving Jay Cutler around, and on helping out his tackles. And I would love to see some play action strikes to the tight ends. But that is for another post, so let's get to work...
Sack 43 -
The Bears were in a shotgun for this 3rd and 9 play, and it was actually pressure from Allen that caused McCown to step up into the sack. Greenway's blitz was initially picked up by Kahlil Bell, but he slipped the block when McCown stepped up.
Sack 45 - 2nd Quarter 5:03 - Jared Allen
Sack 46 - 3rd Quarter 15:00 - Jarred Allen
On the first play of the 3rd quarter Allen gets to McCown for his second and a half sack. Great half time adjustments by the coaches... After showing his speed around the edge against Webb earlier, this time Allen gave the bull rush then came back under for the sack.
This isn't even a technique issue, Webb is just just physically outmatched by Allen. I'm sure when they look at the film, Mike Tice will tell Webb to sink his hips more, to be more physical with his punch, and to move his feet, but this wasn't Webb's day.
Sack 47 - 3rd Quarter 10:41 - Kevin Williams
Sack 48 - 3rd Quarter 5:27 - Jarred Allen
Allen again, but at least this was his last one of the day. Webb didn't have a chance against the speed rush of Allen. This game really showed all of Allen's repertoire. If the memory of this game dosen't get Webb out of bed everyday to bust his ass, then the kid has no pride.
On the very next offensive play that the Bears ran, they kept in two tight ends on the left side to help Webb. Better late than never?
Sack 49 - 4th Quarter 13:38 - Brian Robison