With injuries looming and the Bears’ offense struggling to keep the defense off of the field, Chicago’s sack numbers dropped from 50 to 32 in 2018.
The Chicago Bears were never the top team in the league when you look at sack numbers, but they finished in the top five two years ago. Last year, they would almost completely flip the script, finishing seventh from last in the league in sacks. Part of this came from the Bears’ line being attacked by injuries, but most of it is a result of less production by Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd.
With the addition of Robert Quinn, the defense should be primed for their best sack numbers in a long time. Quinn was initially sidelined last year after violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy but would return to football in full form. He would lead the Cowboys in 2019 with 11.5 sacks in a shortened season.
After signing a five-year deal with Chicago, he should provide some relief for Khalil Mack and distract offenses, helping this pass-rushing unit return to the top-five. Expect career numbers from both Mack and Quinn, as opposing offensive lines won’t know where to look.