When the score stated to get out of hand on Saturday, I expected the Washington Redskins to really harass Chicago Bears quarterback Matt Barkley. Even though this was the most Barkley’s been pressured since he took over under center, the Redskins only got to him 1 time and they were only credited with 2 quarterback hits.
There was a sack that was negated by a penalty, but officially only the 1 sack allowed for the Bears’ pass protection this week. In a season of disappointment, you have to be impressed with where this team stands in the Sackwatch.
Sackwatch after 15 games
2010 - 50 Martz
2011 - 42 Martz
2012 - 43 Tice
2013 - 29 Trestman
2014 - 39 Trestman
2015 - 29 Gase
2016 - 25 Loggains
To put the Bears pass pro in perspective, they currently rank 7th in the NFL with a sack percentage of 4.6%, but if you look deeper inside the numbers, Matt Barkley, who has started the last 5 games, has a sack percentage of 2.4%. The number one QB in the NFL in sack percentage is the Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr at 2.8%.
Sack 25 - Third quarter 13:26 - Preston Smith
This play has a little crossbuck type of action going for it with running back Jeremy Langford faking to the right and tight end Daniel Brown coming under towards the left.
I would have liked to see left tackle Charles Leno stay home and take #94 Preston Smith, but it appears that’s not how the play was designed. If Leno stays home, the little shovel pass to Brown is there, getting Brown out in the left flat is there, but by having Leno slide right, the Bears are essentially scheming Brown, a guy that was a wide receiver last year, on to a 6’5” 268 pound edge rusher. Brown has bulked up since his WR days (243lbs), but I still don’t like him matched up one on one with a pass rusher.
The ball should have been out, as Barkley had time to set his feet and scan the field, but with no one open he was a sitting duck once Smith slipped the Brown block. And I call it a block because that is technically what it was, it just wasn’t executed very well.
Brown was going to the Bears’ left while Smith was coming to the Bears’ right, and Brown overran his assignment just a touch. All it took was a quick swim over the top of the block and Smith had a clear path to Barkley.
Barkley had no one open, but the poor attempt at the block by Brown leads me to pin this one on him.
Here’s how I have the individual Sackwatch after 15 games.
Charles Leno - 5.5
Jay Cutler - 5
Sacks Happen - 3
Mike Adams - 2.5
Brian Hoyer - 2
Bobbie Massie - 2
Daniel Brown - 2*
Cody Whitehair - 1.5
Logan Paulsen - 1
Ted Larsen - 1
Jeremy Langford - .5
What are your thoughts on the Sackwatch this week?