The Chicago Bears are officially on pace to have their lowest Sackwatch total since the first year that Marc Trestman was coordinating the offense. The Trest Coast Offense, as it came to be known, was all about getting the ball out quickly, thus limiting chances for defenses to get to the quarterback.
The Dowell Loggains’ coordinated attack is still about getting the ball out on time, but the pass protection has held up quite well on longer developing plays too.
Josh Sitton was a welcome addition to the starting offensive line as was rookie center Cody Whitehair. Right tackle Bobby Massie still looks a little stiff, but he’s able to hold his own once he gets his hands on an edge rusher.
Kyle Long was solid back at his familiar right guard spot and the back up guards have been much better than I anticipated.
Left tackle Charles Leno has allowed the most Bears’ sacks so far, but I don’t think he’s been a liability out there. He’s a 25 year old player that is solid from a technical standpoint, but, and this is true with most positions, if the Bears can upgrade, they should do so. Last year I had Leno down for allowing 4.33 sacks (yea, I know a weird number, but some of the sacks last year were tough to assign blame), but I think he’s having a better season this year.
Sackwatch after 14 games
2010 - 48 Martz
2011 - 42 Martz
2012 - 42 Tice
2013 - 24 Trestman
2014 - 37 Trestman
2015 - 28 Gase
2016 - 24 Loggains
Sack 24 - Third quarter 15:00 Julius Peppers
This may be the easiest sack I’ve ever broken down. Left tackle Leno seems to hesitate just a tick, worrying about his inside gap, when he should be laser focused on the future Hall Of Famer to his left.
Leno was just out-quicked to the edge by Julius Peppers. With a great pass rusher you have to be nearly flawless in your technique, and Leno’s first move was to check inside with his right hand. That slight hesitation is all it took for the 36 year old Peppers to kick it in to overdrive and run past the block.
Here’s how I have the individual Sackwatch after 14 games.
Charles Leno - 5.5
Jay Cutler - 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?