Every week I'll break down the sacks allowed by the Chicago Bears in my Sackwatch series and I'll keep a running team and individual total. This week they only allowed 1 sack to the Detroit Lions.
I continue to be amazed at the Chicago Bears’ pass protection through 13 games. In the last three weeks they’ve only allowed 2 sacks. The Bears are now tied for 9th fewest sacks allowed and tied for 10th lowest sack percentage (5.0%). In 2015, they finished with a sack percentage of 6.0% and they were 15th in fewest sacks allowed.
To finish out the 2016 season, the Bears will face three teams all in the top five of most sacks this season. The Packers (33 sacks), Redskins (34 sacks) and the Vikings (35 sacks) can all get after opposing quarterbacks from multiple spots, so the Bears will have their work cut out for them.
Sackwatch after 13 games
2010 - 47 Martz
2011 - 38 Martz
2012 - 38 Tice
2013 - 22 Trestman
2014 - 30 Trestman
2015 - 23 Gase
2016 - 24 Loggains
And now on to the breakdown...
Sack 24 - Fourth Quarter 8:51 - Kerry Hyder
The Lions only rushed 4 on this play and Matt Barkley was only able to get near the top of his drop before getting flustered. He never really got his feet set, as defensive end Devin Taylor (#98) was able to slip inside the block of left tackle Charles Leno Jr., before the help from left guard Josh Sitton came over.
Sitton actually gives Taylor a little boost past Leno, but Leno was already beat when he failed to move his body back inside. Barkley was able to avoid the first rusher, but not the 2nd rusher.
Kerry Hyder, the man that picks up the sack, just kept hustling after right tackle Bobby Massie initially remains in front of him. Massie stops on the play after giving Hyder a final shove, thinking the play is over. It wasn’t, and Hyder cleaned up with the 8th sack of his season. Massie does give up a bit too much ground to the 270 pound Hyder, but overall, I thought his technique was OK on this play.
Barkley was trying to keep the play alive on 3rd and 9, but he probably should have escaped the pocket to his left, to give himself more options.
I don’t want to pin this sack on Barkley, because he did have pressure before setting up to throw. I don’t want to go with the Sacks Happen category, because there was quick pressure that led to the sack.
I’d rather not give it to Massie, because he figured he was pushing his man past where Barkley was going to set up, plus by the time Hyder gets the sack, nearly 4 seconds have elapsed.
Which means I’m going to slap this sack allowed on Leno. Even though Leno’s man didn’t make the play, he should have. It was Taylor’s quick pressure that blew this play up to begin with, so I’ll unconventionally place blame on Charles Leno.
Here’s how I have the individual Sackwatch after thirteen games.
Jay Cutler - 5
Charles Leno - 4.5
Sacks Happen - 3
Mike Adams - 2.5
Brian Hoyer - 2
Bobbie Massie - 2
Cody Whitehair - 1.5
Logan Paulsen - 1
Ted Larsen - 1
Daniel Brown - 1*
Jeremy Langford - .5
What are your thoughts on the Sackwatch this week?