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Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2018: Week 1 vs Green Bay Packers

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Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2018: Week 1 vs Green Bay Packers
November 07, 2018 11:20PM
After being one of the most sacked quarterbacks as a rookie with a sack percentage of 8.6 Youth Eric Kush Jersey , I expected Mitchell Trubisky to see that number decline in his second year as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears. Pocket awareness is something that takes time to learn at the NFL level, and most young QBs struggle with it. He’s still very early in his career, but his awareness on Sunday Night was a problem. One possible reason; he’s in a new offense on a very big stage and the moment may have gotten the best of him against the Green Bay Packers. Another possible reason; he’s just not very aware of his surroundings. By the end of the 2018 season we’ll know which it is. If you’re new to my Sackwatch series, it’s me breaking down every sack the Bears allow. The idea was first floated to me by WCG’s resident snark, Kev H, back in the Mike Martz years. And as someone tired of seeing casual fans blame the offensive line for every sack allowed, I figured this would be a good way to show how much more goes into pass protection. Each week I’ll start the article taking a look back through the years, then I’ll break down each game’s sack, and finally I’ll keep a running tally the sacks allowed. Enjoy...Sackwatch After Week 1:2010 Sacks - 4 (Martz)2011 Sacks - 5 (Martz)2012 Sacks - 2 (Tice)2013 Sacks - 0 (Trestman)2014 Sacks - 2 (Trestman)2015 Sacks - 2 (Gase)2016 Sacks - 5 (Loggains)2017 Sacks - 4 (Loggains)2018 Sacks - 4 (Nagy)Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty...Sack 1 - First Quarter 2:49 - Kentrell BriceThis was neat play to break down because it’s run from a formation I used back in the day. In my terminology this is, Blue right, Z-Mo, fake 23 lead, max protect. Only the X and Z receivers go out for a pass http://www.authenticschicagobears.com/cheap-danny-trevathan-jersey , so the fact that the Packers got pressure is troublesome, but the pressure unfortunately complimented each other perfectly. Eric Kush (left guard) loses his block on Mike Daniels (#76), but Howard is there to clean up. Tight end Dion Sims (lined up on the right side) gives the edge up too quickly to linebacker Reggie Gilbert (#93). Fullback Michael Burton was moving to that side to help, but it was a tough angle considering how deep Gilbert got. The Packers only sent five initially, so seven on five should have been a win for the Bears, but Sims’ losing his block so quickly spooked Trubisky. He stepped up, but Daniels was there after beating Kush. With the first pressure sending him directly to the second pressure, Trubisky took off. By running out of bounds for zero yards, this sack goes to safety Kentrell Brice, who was closest to him, but I think the sack allowed should go to the two players that ultimately lead to the scramble, Half to Kush and half to Sims. Sack 2 - Second Quarter 6:49 - TeamThis one was immediately called Butt Fumble 2 on Twitter after it happened, and I really hope that doesn’t stick. Now if it was Butt Fumble 2 Blue Leonard Floyd Jersey , Electric Boogaloo, that’d be a different story.It’s an empty backfield on 4th and 4, and Trubisky thought he saw a lane to get the first on his own. The lane closed, and he couldn’t react quick enough. He collided with his right tackle and dropped the ball. This sack is on Trubisky.Sack 3 - Fourth Quarter 8:29 - Mike DanielsThis is another run for zero yards that is officially called a sack. I hate that rule. A sack is a negative play, and zero yards isn’t negative. On this play, the Bears pass protection creates a nice pocket for Trubisky, but he seems to anticipate a breakdown that isn’t there and he takes off. With experience he hopefully stays in the pocket and scans the field if this situation arises again, but right now he may trust his athleticism more than he trusts his new scheme. This one is on Mitch.Sack 4 - Fourth Quarter 1:06 - Nick PerryOn this sack, Trubisky starts drifting to his right before he has to. My first thought was he sensed the pressure from Perry off the left edge, but if that was the case, then why stand still after Perry beat left tackle Charles Leno?Leno got his head out in front of his feet too much when Perry tried going back outside, and that’s a mistake. But Trubisky had time to throw, and he didn’t feel the rush at all. I don’t want to let Leno completely off the hook for getting beat Youth Roquan Smith Jersey , so a half a sack allowed to him, but Trubisky is getting the other half. I was curious, so here’s what Pro Football Focus said about all the sacks and pressures.Individual Sackwatch after week 1:Mitchell Trubisky - 2.5Dion Sims - .5Erik Kush - .5Charles Leno - .5Bears release first “unofficial” depth chart Earlier today the Chicago Bears revealed their first “unofficial” depth chart for the preseason. As we’ve learned through the years, this first depth chart doesn’t matter much, but we’re a football starved fan-base, so we’ll inspect this bad-boy like it’s a playoff roster!There isn’t much on it that comes as a surprise, but we’ll start with the offense. The o-line is the expected bunch right to left; Bobby Massie, Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair, Eric Kush, and Charles Leno Jr. Rookie James Daniels is listed as the number two left guard and the third string center. I think he has a great shot at unseating Kush, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Kush kept the job. He was playing good football two years ago before his injury. Converted defensive lineman Rashaad Coward is listed as the number two right tackle. The highlight of the skill players is both free agent wide outs, Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel http://www.authenticschicagobears.com/cheap-pat-o_donnell-jersey , listed as the starters. Kevin White is behind Robinson, and rookie sensation Anthony Miller is behind Gabriel. The only interesting thing at the running backs is Ryan Nall is number five at the tailbacks, and not grouped in at all at fullback. Michael Burton is the only FB listed. Trey Burton is the top tight end, and second year pro Adam Shaheen is number three behind Dion Sims. This jives with what we’ve heard from head coach Matt Nagy. He said it’s be Burton (U) and Sims (Y) as the “starters,” with Shaheen getting reps at both spots. There are no surprises at the special teams. Cody Parkey (K), Patrick Scales (LS), and Patrick O’Donnell (P) round out the number ones. Tarik Cohen is the top punt returner, while Benny Cunningham is the number one kick returner. Over on the defensive side of things, the Bears open with Sam Acho starting at outside linebacker opposite Leonard Floyd. Jonathan Bullard starts at one defensive end spot with Roy Robertson-Harris backing him up. Hold out rookie Roquan Smith is the number two inside linebacker behind Nick Kwiatkoski. The starting secondary is unchanged from a year ago, with the only interesting thing to note is Deiondre’ Hall — who has played some corner in the past, and is currently listed at CB on the Bears’ roster — is listed as the backup safety to Adrian Amos. I’d imagine that some of the first stringers on this depth chart will be held out of Thursday’s preseason opener against the Ravens in the Hall of Fame Game.Look over the Bears’ depth chart and let us know if anything stands out to you guys.
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