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Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2017: Week 10 vs Detroit Lions

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Early in the season, and last year for that matter, Chicago Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had a case of happy feet. He’d get flustered when pressured, and he’d take off instead of trusting his pass protection to hold for a split second more in order to deliver a strike. As this season has progressed, his comfort in the offense has grown, and he’s playing much better from the pocket.

Trubisky is not only one of the least sacked QBs, 9th fewest this year, but Chicago’s sack percentage is also in the top half of the league, 12th overall, and the Bears are tied for the third fewest QB hits allowed so far with 35. Their pass pro has steadily improved all year long.

Take a look at the first Sackwatch number below. In 2010 the Bears had allowed 34 sacks at this point in the season, just one below the total of QB hits allowed this year. Imagine trying to bring along a young quarterback getting hit that much.

Sackwatch after 9 games

2010 - 34 Martz
2011 - 23 Martz
2012 - 28 Tice
2013 - 14 Trestman
2014 - 24 Trestman
2015 - 16 Gase
2016 - 18 Loggains
2017 - 24 Loggains
2018 - 18 Nagy

Sack 18 - Fourth Quarter 11:24 - Da’Shawn Hand
This was a good hustle play by Lion defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand (#93), and a good play call by Detroit. Most of the stunts we see are between two defensive players that line up next to each other, but this one had Hand looping around two teammates to get free.

The Lions lined up defenders to the outside of left tackle Charles Leno Jr. and left guard James Daniels, and they lined Hand up to the right of center Cody Whitehair. On the snap, Hand appeared to be running an inside stunt with the Lion to his right, linebacker Devon Kennard (#42). Whitehair thought he was passing Hand off to Daniels while accepting the defender (Kennard) from his left. Daniels passed Kennard off to his center, but then Hand never stopped and he looped all the way around and past Leno.

Leno wasn’t anticipating a stunter coming back his way since Daniels wasn’t next to him. Often times offensive linemen “feel” each other to know when to pass off a defender, and since Daniels was drawn to the right, Leno stayed with his guy, Ezekiel Ansah (#94).

Ansah is a talented pass rusher with 46 sacks in his six year career, and he beat Leno to the inside after swiping his punch away. Leno, to his credit, managed to stay with him enough and he even pushed him away from his quarterback. Trubisky did move off his spot, but unfortunately he ran right into the looping Hand.

There’s no way the Bears could have picked this stunt up. You can’t fault Daniels for not staying with Hand, He was square and in position, but Hand kept going. You can’t fault Leno for not recognizing Hand was coming all the way over from the right side A-gap. And you can’t fault Trubisky, because he ran into Hand.

This was a good play by Detroit, and this one goes in Sacks Happen.

Individual Sackwatch through 9 games:

Sacks Happen - 6
Mitchell Trubisky - 5
Kyle Long - 2
Bobby Massie - 2
Charles Leno Jr. - 2
Dion Sims - .5
Eric Kush - .5