The pass protection of the Chicago Bears has been solid this season. The numbers don’t necessarily reflect that, but if you step back and dissect the sacks allowed you’d see where the problems are coming from. Last week the Bears allowed four sacks and an argument could be made that the pass pro that was schemed up didn’t allow a single one of them. My Sackwatch was a bit more nit-picky, so I gave 1.5 of the sacks to the offensive linemen.
This week they allowed 2 sacks, and I’ll break those down after I thank WCG member, WhiskeyRanger, for my new Sackwatch logos!
Here’s where we stand so far...
Sackwatch after 2 games
2010 Sacks - 5 (Martz)
2011 Sacks - 11 (Martz)
2012 Sacks - 9 (Tice)
2013 Sacks - 1 (Trestman)
2014 Sacks - 3 (Trestman)
2015 Sacks - 4 (Gase)
2016 Sacks - 8 (Loggains)
2017 Sacks - 5 (Loggains)
2018 Sacks - 6 (Nagy)
Now let’s get into these two sacks.
Sack 5 - Third Quarter 12:23 - Mychal Kendricks
The newly signed Kendricks got home on a beautifully designed and timed blitz. He shot through the B-Gap between right guard Kyle Long and right tackle Bobby Massie. Seattle occupied Long and Massie with a couple of down linemen, leaving Kendricks a free rushing lane from the second level.
When the Seattle defensive tackle slants inside (to the A-Gap) he entices Long to take him. Massie had the defensive end taking an outside rush, so he had to take him. If Kendricks shows blitz a split second sooner, then maybe Long is able to hold his ground and pick him up, but with Seattle also showing a blitzer in center Cody Whitehairs’ face, the Bears had to play it the way they did.
Which leads me to Trubisky. A quarterback is responsible for the free rusher, and the Seahawks actually had two coming from his right. Trubisky cocks his arm to throw to Tarik Cohen (the correct read), but decides to play it safe and take the sack. Throwing a dart to Cohen would have likely been tipped by one of the two blitzers, and lobbing the ball to Cohen would have been too risky with a Seahawk defender dropping behind Cohen.
Sometimes a defense just makes a good play and sometimes sacks just happen.
Sack 6 - Third Quarter 8:13 - Frank Clark
When I saw this live, I thought Clark timed the snap perfectly and that gave right tackle Massie zero chance to kick out and block him.
After watching the replay, he sure looks offsides to me. There isn’t a right tackle in the league that would have been able to cleanly make the block with the head-start Clark had.
Going through the film, how did the officials miss the offsides call on Seahawks DE Frank Clark on his sack of Mitch Trubisky in the 3Q? Pretty obvious if you ask me.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) September 18, 2018
I agree with Adam.
Individual Sackwatch after week 2:
Mitchell Trubisky - 2.5
Sacks Happen - 2
Dion Sims - .5
Erik Kush - .5
Charles Leno - .5