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Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2023: Week 16 vs Arizona Cardinals

Technically, there was one sack allowed by the Bears this week.

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Justin Fields was only sacked once on Sunday, the fewest he's been dropped in a game all season, and just the third time a defense didn't get him multiple times in a game in his career. The Chicago Bears gave up another sack earlier in the game, but a Cardinals penalty negated that, so the official stat sheet read one sack and one QB hit allowed on Fileds.

Not too shabby for Chicago's pass pro coming off a rough one in Cleveland.

Sack 42 - 1st Quarter :25 - Dennis Gardeck
This sack looked more like a run for no gain to me, but it's in the books as a zero-yard sack. This first-down play was a designed sprint out to the right with a seven-man protection, and the timing of the play indicates that if he doesn't have an open window to throw, he's to run and get what he can.

Some edge pressure caused Fields to get deeper than he wanted, but fullback Khari Blasingame's first responsibility was to the blitz defender threat to his right, which is why he stepped that way before working back to seal and help right tackle Darnell Wright.

There were three receivers on routes, and it looked like Fields didn't like his first two reads, so he ran toward the sideline. A throw to DJ Moore here, who ran the 15-yard out from the right, would have needed to be pinpointed due to the cornerback waiting to jump the route, and the throw would have been all arm since he couldn't set his feet. So, I can understand why he didn't pull the trigger.

The edge pressure had him moving towards the sideline in a hurry, so if he wasn't rushed, he probably ends up with read 3 in his field of vision, but my guess with the designed sprint out is that Fields is coached to read 1-2 and then run. With the Bears knocking on the door to field goal range, he made the safe decision, and a few plays later, Khalil Herbert ran it in for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

If Fields gains an inch, it's in the books as a scramble, but he went out at the line of scrimmage, so it's a sack. I'm calling it a sacks happen since there was no loss in yards.

Here's the individual Sackwatch tally after 15 games:

Justin Fields - 13
Sacks Happen - 10
Darnell Wright - 4.5
Cody Whitehair - 2
Ja'Tyre Carter - 2
Braxton Jones - 2
Larry Borom - 2
Teven Jenkins - 2
Khari Blasingame - 2
Roschon Johnson - 1
Darnell Mooney - 1
Cole Kmet - .5

As I've often said, the breakdowns are based on my best guesses on what is happening in each play. Only the Bears know the specifics and where the blame truly lies for each sack allowed.

Here are Chicago's historical total sacks allowed through 15 games (in the Sackwatch era).

2010 - 50 Martz
2011 - 42 Martz
2012 - 43 Tice
2013 - 29 Trestman
2014 - 39 Trestman
2015 - 29 Gase
2016 - 25 Loggains
2017 - 38 Loggains
2018 - 33 Nagy
2019 - 41 Nagy
2020 - 35 Nagy
2021 - 49 Nagy/Lazor
2022 - 50 Getsy
2023 - 42 Getsy

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