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Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2017: Week 17 vs Minnesota Vikings

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As expected with a rookie quarterback, the sacks allowed during Mitchell Trubisky’s time starting increased from what the Chicago Bears allowed during Mike Glennon’s four starts.

Glennon was sacked at a 5.4% clip, while Trubisky was sacked 8.6% of the time. Pocket awareness grows with experience, and Trubusky will improve the more he plays. Get this kid in a less predictable offense and watch the sacks decrease as well.

Sackwatch after 16 games

2010 - 56 Mike Martz
2011 - 49 Mike Martz
2012 - 45 Mike Tice
2013 - 30 Marc Trestman
2014 - 41 Marc Trestman
2015 - 33 Adam Gase
2016 - 27 Dowell Loggains
2017 - 39 Dowell Loggains

Sack 39 - Third quarter 4:41 - Bryan Robison
Bears right guard Tom Compton was bull-rushed on this play, but can I blame him for the sack allowed? The Vikings sent five, and running back Jordan Howard does a good job in picking up the blitzing linebacker. He delivers a controlled shot that knocks his defender on his ass, but Howard knocks him into both Compton and right tackle Bradley Sowell.

If Compton wasn’t inadvertently hit, he may have been able to keep his body between Robison and his quarterback. The whole play looked awkward, with his left arm trapped by the blitzer, his right arm controlled by Robison, and then getting knocked on his ass. But, I can’t blame him for this sack. This is yet another of those unlucky plays.

In football the ball sometimes bounces funny, and sometimes sacks just happen.

I was curious to see if someone else had Compton down for the blame on this one, so I checked Pro Football Focus. They didn’t have him down for allowing the sack either.

Here’s the final individual Sackwatch for 2017.

Sacks Happen - 13
Mitchell Trubisky - 4
Charles Leno Jr. - 3.5
Bobby Massie - 3.5
Bradley Sowell - 3.5
Hroniss Grasu - 2.5
Mike Glennon - 2
Josh Sitton - 2
Jordan Howard - 1.5
Kyle Long - 1
Cody Whitehair - 1
Benny Cunningham - 1
Zach Miller - .5