Who deserves the blame for the Chicago Bears three sacks against the Arizona Cardinals?
The offense was not necessarily the reason why the Chicago Bears moved to 2-1. Mitch Trubisky was the victim of three sacks in the game. In this weekly breakdown, we will try to assign the blame for some of these sacks. Who adds to their tally this week?
I am going to put two more on Trubisky. The first one, you can see in the link here that Matt Nagy is using Allen Robinson in motion to get the defense to reveal itself a bit. As Trubisky scans left to right, he should see the safety in the slot to his right creep in and show blitz.
However, you can see in the clip here that he did not change any protection. You can see the Bears double on Rodney Gunter and the blizter off the edge shoots free. This is something that Trubisky needs to see. This is why the motion is in the play.
The second one is close between Charles Leno and Mitch Trubisky. Leno does lose in a one on one situation against Chandler Jones. However, he does pretty well at first. You can see in the picture linked here that as Trubisky initially scans the field, he is operating from a clean pocket.
From the clean pocket, he is reading to his right. Nothing is wide open, but he can make something happen. Anthony Miller is coming back to the football, and Trey Burton is moving to the sideline. Check what Trubisky is seeing here.
From this clean pocket, as he sets, he should be reading 23. If 23 gets too far into the middle, he can go to Burton. If Trubisky glares at Burton, he can get 23 to commit to his man and has plenty of room for Anthony Miller to fight back to the football.
However, you can see in that picture that Chandler Jones is starting to get close. That is what Trubisky is concerned about. I already gave Leno a full sack for an iffy call, that Trubisky could have had some blame for, so I am going to give this one to Trubisky.
The last sack falls squarely on Kyle Long. Robert Nkemdiche was able to blow Kyle Long off the line of scrimmage from the start and ruin the play in the backfield. The play is linked here. From the snap to the end of the play you can see Nkemdiches numbers. Long was never able to get square and cover him. There is nothing Trubisky can do there.
With the blame assigned on those three sacks, here are our season to date stats.
Kyle Long- 1.5
Eric Kush- 1
Charles Leno- 1
Bobby Massie- 1