Will Chicago Bears left tackle Charles Leno hold up against Everson Griffen?

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 22: Charles Leno
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 22: Charles Leno /

Chicago Bears left tackle Charles Leno is going to be up against his toughest task of the season

One of the biggest concerns about when to start Mitchell Trubisky was whether or not his supporting cast is good enough. While that is not a fair way to look at it, his first start against the Minnesota Vikings will be one where some outside factors could very easily come into play and spoil the debut of the Chicago Bears top draft pick.

Everson Griffen is playing at an All-Pro level and may be one of the best players in the NFL through four games. He has five sacks this season and has recorded one in every game. What makes him so impressive is his timing on when to jump and get off of the ball. He is consistently beating teams top tackles and is demanding respect of chip blockers no matter who the lineman he is facing. This only frees up the rest of what is a strong defensive front with plus matchups.

Griffen is likely to see a lot Charles Leno on Sunday. Leno signed a nice extension this offseason. It represented a slightly above average tackle, and it could be argued that that is what Leno is. However, according to Pro Football Focus, he has been the 23rd-best left tackle through four weeks. There is a good chance that Dion Sims will play a lot of snaps, and while have his hand in the dirt on whichever side Everson Griffen lines up on.

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The Bears rank twelfth as a unit when it comes to adjusted sack rate. They have been solid as a whole. They should be scheming to get the ball out of the rookie’s hands quickly, and they should be planning to move him out of the pocket, or with the pocket as well. If they do not do this, Griffen will most certainly continue his sack streak, and it could make the Trubisky debut a forgettable one.