Mitch Trubisky was sacked twice in the Chicago Bears win over the New York Jets. Who should take the responsibility for these sacks?
While we always go through each sack taken by Mitch Trubisky, this weeks just did not seem to be too bad. Yes, every sack is bad, they are plays for losses of yards. However, the Chicago Bears lost a net of four yards on the two sacks, and the plays seemed to be busted plays. Still, we will dissect every sack as always to keep track.
The first sack is linked here. There are three potential players to blame here, but I am going to put this one on Kyle Long. Yes, Trubisky is getting back side pressure as Charles Leno is starting to give in some pressure. However, he did give Trubisky enough time to navigate his progressions.
In fact, Trubisky could take some blame for this sack as well. You can see better from the other view, but Josh Bellamy is squrting free over the middle of the field as Trubisky decides to tuck and run. In fact, Trubisky winds up. If he riffles a pass in there, it probably gets complete.
However, while part of the issue is straight up hesitation by Trubisky, another factor was Brandon Copeland was coming in hot unblocked. At the snap, he is spying Trubisky, who has been active on the ground in the game.
Kyle Long is covering him, but sees that he is sitting back and does not pursue. Long goes to help with Bobby Massie on the right side when Copeland sees his chance to rattle Trubisky. Long did not really need to help Massie, and his help did nothing. He even double checked on Copeland before moving. He should have stayed home and Trubisky would have had a step up lane or an open pass.
The second sack is linked here. While that one was tough to decipher, and everyone could take a bit of blame there, this is one where it is tough to blame anyone. I almost put it on Matt Nagy.
The Bears roll Trubisky out. There is nothing there, he tries to get back to the line of scrimmage and slides for a one yard loss. I am going to give Trubisky half because he could have thrown it away, or stopped up field quicker. However, I am also going to give Trey Burton some. He has two defenders in which he occupy with his body as a blocker or receiving threat. He gives a small chip on one, and does not occupy the other.
He either needs to get open for his quarterback, or pave a way for him. This is something that will come with time. This is a young quarterback with a tight end he has not played much with. As the two learn the scramble drills, they will be able to break this route off and complete a pass into space. Until then, we will assign both of them a half of a sack.