Through two weeks, who deserves responsibility for the Chicago Bears sacks?
Like the cornerback report, I will go back through each game and try to quantify some of the areas of the game that have trouble being quantified. Cornerback stats are rare, and so are sacks blamed. These will be subjective as nobody for sure will know protections, slides, and the play calls. However, as you will see, I try to do my best to explain my reasoning and will provide a box score.
Week One, Mitchell Trubisky took four sacks. The first sack is on Eric Kush. The play is linked here. Kush is blown up right off of the ball. Jordan Howard is behind him to help, but Mike Daniels has already had momentum and is pushing Trubisky into a sack. While Daniels does not get the sack, and Kush is spared some blame, he is chalked up for one here.
The second sack is going to have to go on Trubisky. It was a loss of zero on a scramble, so it is tough to give an offensive lineman any blame. Trubisky steps up from a clean pocket, and while he has a guy open, the way that his body is twisted, his only option is to run. As he gets more comfortable in the pocket, he will step up and complete that pass. The play is linked here.
I am going to give half of this one to Kyle Long and a half to Mitchell Trubiksy. Here is the link. Long even gets help from Cody Whitehair. However, that does not help and maybe even hurt his chances as Kenny Clark drives Long back into the quarterback. Still, as Trubisky avoids pressure, he has room to work. He has his eyes downfield, which is good. However, has no sense of the pocket, which is bad. He runs into his right tackle rather than scramble around him to make a play. Again, Trubisky will grow from this, but I do give him some blame.
The last one against Green Bay is all on Charles Leno. The play is linked here. Trubisky is standing firm, and you can see he does not sense the pressure. However, Leno was beat in a one-on-one situation with Perry rather quickly and has to take the heat.
In Week Two, Trubisky was sacked just twice. This first one I am going to put on Trubisky again. The play is linked here. You can argue that Kyle Long slides over to help the center and leaves a guy free. However, I assume that happened because Trubisky told him to do that.
You can see the player to Trubisky’s left shoot hard to show blitz. This is likely where the protection is set, to help account for him. That is why Long left his spot over, Trubisky did not sense pressure from that side.
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What the Seahawks did was send all of their pressure from that side, knowing that when the inexperienced Trubisky saw something the other way, his attention would shift directly to it. This adds up when you consider that two rushers came in pretty free, and Trubisky acted as if he had no idea what he was seeing in front of him.
Lastly, Frank Clark blew right by Bobby Massie. The announcers on Monday Night Football chalked this one up to Mitchell Trubisky as well. They said as strong on the jump Clark got off of the football that he had to know the snap count by Trubisky.
I am going to give it to Massie, but it does make sense.
Eric Kush- 1
Charles Leno- 1
Bobby Massie- 1
Kyle Long- 0.5
It has to be positive that the quarterback has had a lot of issues regarding taking sacks. Two sacks went for zero yards, and these are issues that should be ironed with experience and understanding of the speed of the NFL.
As Trubisky gets further into the season, we could be seeing even fewer sacks.