Only one sack allowed to break down this week for the Chicago Bears in their division clinching game against the Green Bay Packers. I thought Mitchell Trubisky was deft in avoiding the Packer pass rush all afternoon and this was a big game in the development of the young quarterback.
Just flash back to the week one Sackwatch to see the difference in his pocket awareness.
Trubisky was quick to scramble that first game, often times too quick, and when he run did his eyes dropped. This week he kept his eyes up field and he made plays with his arm. He still took off when he had to, but the difference in him from then to now is gigantic.
Now with all that being said, the sack this week doesn’t show the best pocket awareness from Trubisky as he kept the ball too loose as he worked up in the pocket.
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
2017 - 33 Loggains
2018 - 30 Nagy
Sack 30 - Third Quarter 3:23 - Clay Matthews
Clay Matthews officially gets credit for the sack, but I have no idea how. The NFL has been known to change things, so I’d imagine this one is given to either outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell or defensive lineman Montravius Adams at some point this week. It all depends on which player the league decides got to Trubisky first causing him to fumble. I think it was Adams that caused him to drop the ball.
Matthews does get a nice up-field rush on right tackle Bobby Massie, but Massie stays in front the best he can, and he moves him past the pocket. Matthews’ rush does force Trubisky off his spot.
Adams first works a bull-rush against right guard Bryan Witzmann, then Adams goes to a rip with his right arm, but quickly transitions to work back under while keeping his left arm extended. He wards off Witzmann with an eye on Trubisky then closes when the QB steps up.
Fackrell is working on left tackle Charles Leno Jr., and Leno does a good job mirroring him until Trubisky steps up. Once a QB steps up in the pocket his offensive linemen often lose leverage and that’s what happened here.
So, where do I pin the blame on this sack?
It’s not on Trubisky because the pressure did force him to move, so I have to give some of this one to Massie for lunging and not moving his feet. Fackrell’s rush looked like he may have some contain responsibility, because he really didn’t attack until Trubisky moved up. Witzmann did get abused, but if Trubisky doesn’t step up does Adams get a piece of the football?
I’m giving this one all to Massie, but I’ll be honest, this one had me perplexed.
Individual Sackwatch through 14 games:
Sacks Happen - 12
Mitchell Trubisky - 5
Charles Leno Jr. - 3
Bobby Massie - 3
Kyle Long - 2
Chase Daniel - 2
Bryan Witzmann - 1.5
Dion Sims - .5
Eric Kush - .5
Cody Whitehair - .5