The Chicago Bears only gave up two sacks to the Philadelphia Eagles, and that’s not too shabby all things considered. As soon as the Bears became one dimensional, and the Eagles knew Mitchell Trubisky was forced to pass, I assumed the worst. According to Pro Football Focus, he “was blitzed on only two of his 37 drop backs, but he was under pressure on nine drop backs, going 2-of-6 for 15 yards with one scramble and two sacks.”
The Eagles are at their best when they only have to rush four, so by sitting back in coverage they made it tough on Trubisky. PFF had both of Trubisky’s interceptions on plays when he wasn’t pressured.
Sackwatch after 11 games
2010 - 41 Martz
2011 - 27 Martz
2012 - 35 Tice
2013 - 17 Trestman
2014 - 27 Trestman
2015 - 19 Gase
2016 - 22 - Loggains
2017 - 27 Loggains
Sack 26 - Third Quarter 13:38 - Brandon Graham
The Eagles run a lot of the wide-nine technique from their defensive ends as a part of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s attacking defense. Take a look at how far outside Brandon Graham (#55) is to the Bears right side. He has the athletic edge over right tackle Bobby Massie, and now with the distance he lines up away from him, this makes for a very tough block for Massie.
Once Graham gets the edge, there’s really nothing Massie can do. A deeper angle on his kick step could have helped Massie, but then he’d be susceptible to allowing Graham to come back inside. Speaking of which, when you look at the next sack, be sure to take a look at Massie and Philly’s defensive end. Massie jumps out to take away the edge, but Chris Long (#56) spins back to the inside.
This sack is Graham’s seventh on the year, a career high, and he really is playing good football right now.
This sack is on Massie.
Sack 27 - Fourth Quarter 13:29 - Fletcher Cox
Fletcher Cox may have picked up this sack, but it was part hustle and part luck. The Bears actually picked up the stunt fairly well on their left side. The wide-nine defensive end to the left of the Bears (Vinny Curry, #75) comes down the line of scrimmage while Cox goes around to the outside. Left tackle Charles Leno does a good job passing Curry off before picking up Cox, but Trubisky steps up into the sack.
I can’t blame Leno for this, as he has his body between his QB and his defender, so I need to look at why Trubisky was flushed up.
Once again it was Brandon Graham making a good play as he bull-rushed right guard Kyle Long back into Trubisky’s lap. Long does eventually anchor, and he keeps his hands locked on to Graham, but he gives up the pressure that leads to the sack.
I’ll split this one between Long and sacks happen, but I’m not pleased by the job done by Massie or left guard Bradley Sowell on this play. Sowell is spun around trying to chase, and if Kyle would have kept his man in check, his big brother Chris may have picked up the sack by beating Massie.
One more thing on the play above, why doesn’t running back Benny Cunningham turn his route inside? Maybe he’s not given the option, but with Kendall Wright running an in route at about 10 yards — occupying the safety — Cunningham would have been wide open underneath for an easy catch and run opportunity.
Individual Sackwatch through 11 games
Sacks Happen - 6
Mitchell Trubisky - 4
Charles Leno - 3.5
Bobby Massie - 3
Mike Glennon - 2
Josh Sitton - 2
Hroniss Grasu - 1.5
Kyle Long - 1
Cody Whitehair - 1
Benny Cunningham - 1
Bradley Sowell - 1
Zach Miller - .5
Jordan Howard - .5